Panthers sweep doubles matches en route to LEC win
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team evened its Little East Conference (LEC) mark to 1-1 after an impressive 7-2 win over Worcester State University on Saturday. With the win the Panthers improve to 4-2 overall, while Worcester State suffers its first loss of the year to fall to 3-1 (0-1 LEC).
Plymouth State opened the day with a sweep of the three doubles matches. Freshman Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) and junior Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) teamed up at number one doubles to defeate Nathalie Khafaga and Dominique Alves, 8-6.
Freshman Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) and junior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) joined forces to knock off Lauren Taylor and Isabel Badeau, 8-5, in number two doubles, with freshmen Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) and Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) beating Rachel Green and Monika Mularski by the same score at number three doubles.
PSU secured the win early in the singles round. The Panthers got identical 6-0, 6-1 straight set wins from Sundquist (number five) and Winter (number one) to clinch the win. Knapp closed out her match, 7-5, 6-4, at number six singles and McCarthy ousted Khafaga, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, at number two singles before the Lancers earned two late points with wins at numbers three and four.
"The doubles pairs were outstanding today," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "Sage and Jenna played great singles matches also," she added.
The Panthers return to the court on Tuesday (Sept. 19) when they host Salem State at the Holderness School for a 3:30 p.m. LEC match-up.
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