Undefeated Panthers defeat RIC for first LEC title since 2006
HOLDERNESS, N.H. – The top-seeded Plymouth State University women's tennis team captured the Little East Conference championship Friday afternoon, defeating second-seeded Rhode Island College, 5-2, in the title match at the Holderness School courts.
The undefeated Panthers (14-0) earn the third LEC tournament crown in the program's history, and the first since 2006. RIC wraps up its season with a 14-2 overall record, with both losses coming to PSU. Plymouth State receives the LEC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Championships, which will take place in May 2015.
Freshman Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. After teaming up with her sister, junior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) for an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles, Sunny came from behind for a three-set victory at No. 2 singles. RIC freshman Kim Daigle (Sterling, Mass.) took the first set, 6-1, but Sunny came back to take the next two sets, 6-3, 6-1. Her victory over Daigle was the fifth win for PSU, clinching the championship for the home team.
PSU took two of the three matches in the doubles round. Freshman Cassidy Wells (Colchester, Vt.) and senior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, N.Y.) posted a key 8-6 win for PSU at No. 3, while RIC's only doubles triumph came at No. 2 by junior Sadie Campanella (Chepachet, R.I.) and sophomore Julie Reddy (Smithfield, R.I.)
Leading 2-1 after doubles, PSU extended the lead when Zara Jakubas won in straight sets at No. 1 singles, improving her season record to 14-0. Sophomore Noelle Tiberi (Smithfield, R.I.) posted a straight-set victory for RIC at No. 6 singles, but PSU closed out the match with wins by Wells at No. 3 singles and Sunny Jakubas at No. 2.
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