Knapp earns Panthers' lone point
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team fell at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 8-1, in a key Little East Conference (LEC) match at the UMD Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon.
UMass Dartmouth opened with three quick points in doubles action. PSU was setback in both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles by the same 8-0 score. Freshman Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) and sophomore Alex Dunn (Jaffrey, N.H.) put up a fight at No. 3 doubles, but fell short by an 8-4 margin.
"It was a tough day for us on the doubles courts," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, "but we played well at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Chloe [Knapp] and Megan [Wheeler] played especially well."
The Corsairs opened singles play with straight set wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles to build a 6-0 lead. Knapp pulled out a win at No. 5 singles, but it was anything but easy. After Knapp took the first set 6-1, senior Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) rebounded to earn a 6-3 win in the second set. Knapp took the third set 10-point tiebreaker by a 10-8 margin.
Freshman Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) and junior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) both put up fights at No. 3 and No. 6 singles respectively. Venincasa dropped the first set 7-6 (8-6) before suffering a 6-3 setback in the second set. Wheeler took the first set 7-6 (7-5), but lost the second by a 6-1 score. Senior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) then hung on for a 10-7 win in the 10-point tiebreaker.
The two teams came into the match in a tie for fourth in the LEC. With the loss the Panthers drop to 9-4 overall (4-3 LEC) and fall into fifth place in the league. UMD moves to 7-4 (5-2 LEC) and remains tied for fourth place with Worcester State. The top six teams in the league will qualify for the postseason tournament, with the top four seeds earning home matches.
The Panthers will close out the regular season next Saturday (Oct. 14) with an LEC match at Western Connecticut State University. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
– 30 –