#4 Panthers ousted in first round by #5 Lancers
HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Fifth-seeded Worcester State University swept the three doubles matches Tuesday afternoon and went on to defeat fourth-seeded Plymouth State University in the first round of the Little East Conference Women's Tennis Tournament at the Holderness School Courts.
With a 3-0 lead heading into singles, the Lancers closed out the match with victories at No. 2 and No 3 singles. PSU managed to get on the board with a win at No. 6 singles, but the Panthers complete their season at 7-7 overall.
The Lancers, 7-6 overall, advance to a semifinal match Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at top-seeded Bridgewater State University (9-5).
Little East Conference Quarterfinal, at Holderness, N.H. – Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Worcester State 5, Plymouth State 1
PSU 7-7; WOR 7-6
* Freshman Lauren Taylor (Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Alexis Silk (Greenfield, Mass.) were double-winners for the Lancers, teaming up for an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles and then clinching the team victory with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Taylor earned a 6-4, 6-4 triumph and Silk won her match, 6-1, 6-1.
*Senior Shelby Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) and sophomore Nathalie Khafaga (Auburn, Mass.) and won the No. 1 doubles match, 8-4. Jankins won the first set at No. 1 singles, and Khafaga was up a set at No. 4 singles.
* Junior Rachel Green (Worcester, Mass.) and freshman Isabel Badeau (Cumberland, R,I.) needed a tie-breaker to capture the third and final doubles match at No. 3, 9-8 (7-4).
* The Panthers' lone winner was sophomore Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H./Central) at No. 3 singles.
* Senior captain Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.) and freshman Alex Dunn (Jaffrey, N.H.) shared the team lead in victories for PSU this season, Gustafson finishing 7-6 and Dunn 7-4. Wheeler was next with a 6-3 mark.
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