Panthers clinch share of Little East regular season title, first since 2005
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team clinched at least a share of the Little East Conference regular season title Monday afternoon as the visiting Panthers posted a 5-4 win over Bridgewater State University at the Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.
Plymouth State remains unbeaten on the season with a perfect 11-0 record including a 7-0 mark in the Little East. Plymouth State won a piece of the LEC regular season crown since 2005, and the 11 wins is a new program single-season record eclipsing the previous mark of 10 set in 2011 (10-5). The host Bears suffered their first conference loss of the season and slip to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
In a match that last three and half hours, Plymouth State battled back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play to record wins in four of the six singles flights.
Doubles victories by Alison Vautrin (Somerset, Mass.) and Bojana Roman (Somerset, Mass.) at the second flight (8-3) and Rachael Eramo (Rowley, Mass.) and Alison Scagnelli (Sutton, Mass.) at the third spot (8-4) staked BSU to the early 2-1 advantage. The sister tandem of Zara and Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) gave the Panthers their lone doubles point with an 8-3 decision at number one as they improved to a sparkling 11-0 on the season.
Zara Jakubas remained undefeated (11-0) with to a 6-0, 6-2 win at first singles, while Sunny Jakubas breezed to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at the second flight as Plymouth State jumped ahead, 3-1. Sophomore Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.) battled back from a set down to post a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 decision at number four to put the Panthers up by two.
The Bears came back to tie the match with wins at fifth and sixth singles. Eramo won in three sets at number five, 6-1, 0-6, 6-4, while Roman notched a 6-2, 6-2 straight set win at six.
In the final match of the day to finish up, Cassidy Wells (Colchester, Vt.) rebounded from a set down to record a well-earned 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph at the third flight to give the Panthers the team victory.
Prior to the match, Bridgewater honored seniors Eramo, Melissa Flynn (Stoneham, Mass.) and Haley Perron (Plympton, Mass.). The trio was playing in their final regular season home match.
The Bears travel to Rhode Island College on Thursday afternoon for a 3:30 LEC match with the Anchorwomen. The Panthers wrap up regular season play on Saturday afternoon when they host conference foe Worcester State University at 1:00 p.m. on Senior Day at the Holderness School Courts.
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