Winter wins twice as Panthers sweep singles matches
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team extended their win streak to three straight matches with an 8-1, Little East Conference win over Salem State University at the Holderness School Courts on Tuesday. With the win, the Panthers improve to 5-2 overall (2-1 LEC), while the Vikings fall to 1-4 and 1-3 in league play.
Freshman Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) won twice, earning an 8-6 win at number one doubles before outlasting senior Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio) in a grueling number one singles match. Winter took the first singles set 6-3, before dropping the second set 7-6 in a 7-5 tiebreaker. The third set went to a 10-point super breaker, where Winter took the match 10-5.
"Sage played the match of the day," praised head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett.
The freshman duo of Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) and Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) opened the day with an 8-4 win at number three doubles to give the Panthers a quick point. Plymouth State added its second point of the match as the number one double's team of Winter and Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) earned an 8-6 victory.
The Vikings got their lone point when the number two doubles team of Ann Spence and Jackie Garvey pulled out a 9-8 win over freshman Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) and junior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.).
Plymouth State dominated the singles matches, winning all six. "All of the singles matches were outstanding," added Rawlsky-Willett. McCarthy (number two), Kigugu (number three) and Knapp (number five) all cruised to 6-0, 6-1 straight set wins. Wheeler won 6-1, 6-2, and freshman Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) outlasted Kristin Klimowicz (Ipswich, Mass.) 7-5 in the opening set, before rolling to a 6-1 second set victory.
Plymouth State will look to extend its winning streak to four straight when the Panthers host Lyndon State College for a 3:30 p.m. match on Friday. PSU will also play Saturday, for its Homecoming Weekend match, against LEC foe Bridgewater State.
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