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PSU Women’s Tennis edges Worcester State in regular season finale

PSU Women’s Tennis edges Worcester State in regular season finale

Ireme pulls out win to clinch team victory for Panthers

            WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Irene Ireme (Concord, N.H.) came back from a 5-0 deficit in the second set to win in a tiebreaker Saturday afternoon and help Plymouth State University edge Worcester State University, 5-4, in the Little East Conference women's tennis regular season finale for both schools at the Clark University Courts.

            Ireme defeated Worcester State sophomore Nathalie Khafaga (Auburn, Mass.) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the decisive match at No. 4 singles. The win gives the Panthers an 8-5 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the LEC, while the Lancers wrap up the regular season with a 5-9 overall record and a 3-5 LEC mark.

            The afternoon started out with a Plymouth State on top as sophomore Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and junior Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.) won at No. 2 doubles. WSU junior Shelby Jankins (W. Brookfield, Mass.) and senior Megan Shepard (Middletown, Conn.) came in next, defeating the Panthers' senior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and Ireme, 8-6.

            The last doubles match consisted of freshman Kelley Corson (Exeter, N.H.) and senior Peyton Smith (Stuttgart, Germany) winning in the No. 3 slot, 8-5, giving the Panthers the 2-1 advantage going into the singles competition.

            PSU went ahead 4-1 when Sunny and Zara Jakubas won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 1, respectively.  Worcester State came back with two back-to-back wins as senior Cassandra Gonclaves (Ludlow, Mass.) and sophomore Olivia Budney (Webster, Mass.) recorded victories at No. 5 and No. 5 singles, but Ireme rallied to clinch the win for PSU.

            The two teams will face up once again on Tuesday for post season play as the third-seeded Panthers host the sixth-seeded Lancers in the LEC quarterfinals at the Holderness School Courts (3:30 p.m.)

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