Panthers win final three singles matches for LEC victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team earned a 5-4, come from behind win over Little East Conference (LEC) foe University of Massachusetts Boston at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House in ALLWell North on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers trailed the 4-2, but captured the final three singles matches to earn the hard fought victory. With the win PSU improves to 4-2 in LEC play and 7-3 overall, while the Beacons fall to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the league play.
Head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett praised her team for its determination and persistence in a match that lasted over five hours. The Panthers fell behind 2-0 after the first two doubles matches, and trailed 4-2 before mounting the comeback.
Senior Kristy Garcia and sophomore Katie Gauthier teamed up to give the Beacons an 8-3 win at number one doubles to open the day, and UMass Boston earned its second point of the match with an 8-2 win at number two doubles. PSU rallied to win the final doubles match. The tandem of freshman Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) and sophomore Alex Dunn (Jaffrey, N.H.) were able to get the Panthers on the board with an 8-3 win.
Freshman Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) evened the match when she opened singles play with a 6-1, 6-3 straight set win at number two singles.
UMB regained the match lead after posting wins at number one singles (6-3, 6-2) and number four singles (7-5, 6-1), but again the Panthers clawed back.
Junior Irene Kugugu (Concord, N.H.) kept the Panthers alive with a come from behind win at number three singles. Kugugu dropped the first set, 6-4, to UMB's Kathleen Conroy before sweeping the next two sets, 6-3, 6-1, respectively.
Knapp earned her second point for the Panthers at number five singles, and the rookie's 6-1, 6-1 win tied the match at four apiece.
Junior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) capped the incredible comeback with a win at number six singles. Wheeler fell behind, dropping the first set 7-5, but rebounded to record consecutive 6-3, 6-3 wins to seal the team victory for the Panthers.
Plymouth State will look to earn its third straight home victory on Wednesday when the Panthers host non-conference opponent Johnson State College for a 3:30 p.m. match. PSU is back in Little East play on Saturday (Oct. 7) when they play travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 1:00 p.m. start.
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