PSU Women’s Tennis finishes tied for first at Salem State Invitational

PSU Women’s Tennis finishes tied for first at Salem State Invitational

McCarthy, Kigugu, Venincasa and Hill all win in championship rounds

            SALEM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team finished tied for first at the Salem State University Invitational at the Salem State Tennis Courts on Sunday afternoon.

            Junior Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) and freshmen Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.), Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) and Emily Hill (New Hartford, Conn.) all won their respective flights.

            McCarthy won her semifinal game in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) before winning the flight two championship in a thrilling third set tiebreak (6-2, 1-6, 13-11) over senior Caitlyn Briggs (Lee, Mass.) of Wentworth Institute of Technology.

            Kigugu breezed through flight five with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win in the semifinal, and 6-3, 6-1 win in the championship.

            Venincasa and Hill teamed up to take the flight six championship. Venincasa posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Wentworth in the semifinal, with Hill cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 in the championship.

            Reigning Little East Conference (LEC) Rookie of the Year Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) posted a third place finish in flight one. She dropped her semifinal match to classmate Ali Sollecito (Taunton, Mass.), 6-3, 6-1, but rebounded for a decisive win over Lesley University in the third-place match, 6-0, 6-1.

            Freshman Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) also earned a third place finish for the Panthers. After being nipped in a back-and-forth semifinal with Wentworth junior Ellen Butts (Brookfield, Mass.), 4-6, 6-3, 10-6, she recovered to post a 6-2, 6-1 win over host Salem State in the third-place match for flight four.

            Also competing for the Panthers was junior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.), who finished fourth in flight three. Wheeler fell to Wentworth senior Emily Jodoin (Attleboro, Mass.) by a 6-0, 6-1 margin, before being nipped in a competitive third place match, 6-7, 6-4.

            The Panthers finished tied with Wentworth for first place overall, with host Salem State edging out Lesley for third.

            The tournament was PSU's only scheduled spring competition.



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