Seniors lead Panthers to Little East victory
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Defending Little East Conference champions Plymouth State University took two of the three doubles matches and held on for 5-4 victory over hosts UMass Dartmouth in a LEC women's tennis match Saturday at the UMD Tennis Courts.
The Panthers improved to 3-4 overall and 3-1 LEC with the victory. The Corsairs, who lost for the third time by a 5-4 count, fall to 3-4 and 1-2 LEC.
All three doubles matches ended up being very tight affairs. PSU's Zara Jakubas (Sr., Califon, N.J.) and Irene Ireme (Fr., Concord, N.H.) rallied from a 0-5 deficit to win 8-6 at No. 1 doubles. The Panthers also won 8-6 at No. 3 doubles, after getting the only break of serve in the match at 5-5. Kelley Corson (Fr., Exeter, N.H.) and Peyton Smith (Sr., Stuttgart, Germany) earned the key point for Plymouth State over Mollie McCaffrey (Soph., Taunton, Mass.) and Samantha Rollings (Soph., Tiverton, R.I.). It was the Corsairs first loss of the season at No. 3 doubles.
UMD got on the board and stayed within striking distance when Kerry Magoon (Soph., Marshfield, Mass.) and Kaela Dunn (Fr., North Attleboro, Mass.) rallied from a 3-6 deficit to take No. 2 doubles from Sunny Jakubas (Soph., Califon, N.J.) and Megan Wheeler (Fr., Manchester, N.H.) in a tie-breaker, 8-7 (7-4).
Zara Jakubas, the reigning LEC Player of the Year, and young sister Sunny Jakubas increased the Panthers advantage to 4-1, before the Corsairs fought back.
For UMD, co-captain Maggie LeBrun (Sr., Mattapoisett, MA) was a 6-1, 6-4 winner at No. 3 singles; McCaffrey moved up to No. 4 singles and maintained her undefeated singles record with a 6-4, 6-2 win while Dunn won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
Plymouth State got the point they would need to clinch the match when Smith topped Rollings 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.
UMass Dartmouth next travels to Worcester State for a 3:30 p.m. match Tuesday, to be played at Clark University. Plymouth State hosts Salem State on Wednesday.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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