Panthers win third straight to get back to .500 mark
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University had four double winners Wednesday afternoon as the Panthers cruised to an 8-1 victory over Salem State University in Little East Conference women's tennis action at the P.E. Center indoor courts.
PSU swept the three doubles matches and clinched the team outcome with victories in the first two singles matches. The Panthers earned their third straight victory to even their overall record at 4-4 and up their LEC mark to 4-1, while the Vikings remain winless at 0-6 and 0-3.
Senior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and sophomore Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) continued to lead the Panthers, winning by identical 6-0, 6-1 verdicts at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Zara improved to 5-1 this season and 19-1 in her career at No. 1 singles, while Sunny is 6-0 this fall and 19-1 in her career at No. 2 singles.
Zara also teamed with freshman Irene Ireme (Concord, N.H.) for an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles, and Sunny paired up with junior Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.) for an 8-2 triumph at No. 2 doubles. Ireme and Gustafson were also singles winners for the Panthers in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Senior Peyton Smith (Stuttgart, Germany) and freshman Kelley Corson (Exeter, N.H.) gave PSU a clean sweep of the doubles with an 8-1 win at No. 3. PSU's final winner was sophomore Megan Wallace (Moultonborough, N.H.) in the No. 6 singles slot.
Salem State prevented the sweep when senior Hillary Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.), sister of PSU's Rachel, pulled out an 11-9 victory in the third-set superbreaker at No. 3 singles.
PSU hits the road for its next match, traveling to Western Connecticut State University for Saturday's 1:00 p.m. LEC meeting. Salem State also returns to action on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., hosting the University of Southern Maine in an LEC encounter.
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