PSU Women’s Tennis knocks off Western Connecticut

PSU Women’s Tennis knocks off Western Connecticut

Sundquist, Knapp win twice for Panthers as LEC playoffs loom 

            DANBURY, Conn. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a comfortable 6-3 win over Little East Conference (LEC) opponent Western Connecticut State University at the Westside Courts on Saturday afternoon.

            Freshmen Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) and Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) secured four points for the Panthers as the duo blanked their opponents, 8-0, in No. 3 doubles, before both recording wins in singles play. The tandem improved to 8-0 as a doubles partners.

            PSU took a 2-1 lead after doubles play, with freshman Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) and junior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) teaming up for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.

            Knapp made quick work of her counterpart, sweeping No. 6 singles by 6-1, 6-0 scores, before junior Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) put PSU ahead 4-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles. Sundquist secured the match for the Panthers after her 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.

            Freshman Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) secured the sixth point for PSU with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles.

            With the win the Panthers move to 10-4 overall and 5-3 in the LEC. Western Connecticut wraps up the 2017-18 campaign at 6-8 overall and 2-6 in league play. The Colonials finished one game behind UMass Boston for the sixth and final playoff spot.

            The Panthers have secured a spot in the LEC Tournament, which opens play on Tuesday (Oct. 17), though their seed and opponent is dependent upon the results of a match between Rhode Island College and Worcester State. That match, original scheduled for Saturday, was postponed until Sunday (Oct. 15) due to wet conditions. Should RIC (13-0, 7-0 LEC) win, the Panthers would earn the fourth seed and host No. 5 Worcester State in first round action on Tuesday. If the Lancers (8-4, 5-2 LEC) are able to upset the Anchorwomen, PSU would become the fifth seed and would travel to No. 4 Bridgewater State.



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