Simmons breaks up Panthers' perfect season
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Simmons College women's tennis team defeated Plymouth State University 5-0 Friday afternoon in the opening round of NCAA Division III Championship play at Bowdoin College, ending the Panthers' unblemished season.
The Sharks (17-4) advance to face Middlebury College Saturday afternoon in a match beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Panthers conclude their season at 14-1 after completing a perfect regular season and receiving the Little East Conference automatic qualifier with a championship victory.
Simmons jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles plays. Meg Cokely and Theresa Reinhard teamed up to earn the day's first point at #1 doubles with an 8-2 win, handing PSU's tandem of junior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and freshman Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) their first loss of the year (14-1). Han Le and Katie Crowley won 8-1 at #3 to make it 2-0, and the pairing of Rachel Downey and Caroine Khoury completed the Simmons sweep with an 8-4 finish on court two.
Crowley tallied the first singles win of the day at #5 with a 6-0, 6-0 finish to collect her team's fourth point of the day. Both #2 and #6 singles finished simultaneously with Cokely winning 6-4, 6-1 at #2 and Le going 6-1, 6-1 in the six spot.
Also representing the Panthers were senior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, N.Y.), juniors Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and Peyton Smith (Stuttgart, Germany), and sophomore Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.) and Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.).
PSU is led by 11th-year head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, who was this season's Little East Conference Coach of the Year.
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