Panthers defeat Worcester State to complete undefeated slate
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team clinched the Little East Conference regular season championship and an undefeated regular season Saturday afternoon, defeating Worcester State University, 7-2, at the P.E. Center Indoor Courts.
Plymouth State wraps up the season at 12-0 overall and 8-0 in conference matches, its first regular season crown since 2005 and the 12 wins extend the program's single-season victory standard. Worcester State drops to 7-5 overall and 3-5 in LEC play.
The Panthers took control of the match by sweeping the three doubles matches. The PSU tandem of junior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and freshman Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.), who breezed to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles, clinched the team outcome with victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Zara completes a 12-0 regular season at No. 1 singles, the best individual season in school history, and Sunny is now 11-1 at No. 2 singles, the best mark in the program's history in that flight.
Junior Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and senior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, N.Y.) were also double winners for PSU. Ioannides won in straight sets at No. 5 singles to improve her season record to 11-1, and she teamed with sophomore Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.) for a win at No. 2 doubles as the Panther tandem improved to 8-2 on the season. DiRado was a straight-set winner at No. 6 singles, improving her record to 9-3, after teaming with freshman Cassidy Wells (Colchester, Vt.) for a triumph at No. 3 doubles.
The Panthers are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Little East Tournament; after a first-round bye on Tuesday, PSU will host a semifinal match on Thursday at the Holderness School courts (time TBA).
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