Panther freshmen team up to win final three singles matches
RINDGE, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team picked up wins in the final three singles matches to shock NCAA Division-II opponent Franklin Pierce University in a 5-4, come-from-behind victory on Thursday.
PSU trailed 2-1 after doubles play, and FPU took two of the first three singles matches to pull ahead 4-2, before the Panthers won the last three singles matches at numbers four, five and six to earn the win.
Freshman Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) and classmate Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) both won twice for the Panthers. The rookie duo earned Plymouth's first point when they teamed up to win 8-3 at number three doubles. Later, Sundquist knocked off Kelly Wilson at number five singles (6-2, 6-1) to square the match at 4-4, then Knapp secured the win by topping Alexia Dasilva in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) at number six singles.
Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) started the Panther comeback with a gutsy three-set win at number four singles. After dropping the first set (6-2), the freshman cruised through the next two (6-2, 6-1) to create some momentum for Plymouth State.
Rookie Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) earned the other point for PSU. She took the first set against Sonia Rodrigues, 6-3, and was leading 2-1 in the second when Rodrigues was forced to retire.
The win moves PSU to 3-2 overall, as the team has alternated wins and losses through its first five matches. The Panthers will look to buck that trend on Saturday (Sept. 16) when they travel to Clark University where they face Worcester State University in a Little East Conference match. First serve is set for 12:00 p.m.
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