Panthers late rally falls short in LEC loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Bridgewater State University built an early 4-1 lead, then held on late to earn a 5-4 win over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's tennis match at the Holderness School courts on Saturday.
BSU earned wins in two of the three doubles matches, with Plymouth State's lone point coming from the tandem of freshmen Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) and Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.). The duo improved to 5-0 on the season when playing together.
"The doubles matches were intense," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "They took an hour and a half and we lost two close ones."
The Bears took the first two singles matches, earning wins at numbers two and three to build the 4-1 lead, before the Panthers stormed back. A 6-1, 6-3 win by Sundquist at number five, followed by a 6-2, 6-2 win by Winter at number one cut the deficit to 4-3, before senior Amanda Strickland (Plymouth, Mass.) secured the win for BSU with a 6-3, 6-2 win at number four. Knapp earned the final point with a straight sets win at number six singles.
"Sage and Jenna both played great singles matches today," added Rawlsky-Willett.
Plymouth State plays its next three matches at home on the Holderness School courts. Up next for the Panthers is LEC foe Southern Maine, who comes to town on Tuesday (Sept. 26) for a 4:00 p.m. match.
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