Panthers looking to build on last season's success
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Following a 10-5 season with contributions from a number of underclassmen, Plymouth State University women's tennis head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett is looking for another strong season as the 2018 schedule was unveiled today.
Last season the 14-year veteran led the Panthers to the second-most wins in program history and a fourth-straight appearance in the Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament. Bolstered by a strong returning nucleus, including reigning LEC Rookie of the Year Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.), the team should be exciting to watch once again.
The Panthers are set to play a 13-match schedule, including a nine-game LEC slate with the addition of Castleton University to the conference. PSU jumps right into conference play as the team hosts UMass Dartmouth in the season opener on Sept. 1 (1:00 p.m.), the first of four-straight home matches played at the Holderness School Courts.
Plymouth hosts NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce on Sept. 4 (3:30 p.m.), before facing defending LEC Tournament Champion Rhode Island College on Sept. 8 (1:00 p.m.). PSU wraps up the homestand with another D-II opponent, Saint Anselm, on Sept. 10 (4:00 p.m.).
The Panthers will travel to Salem State for an LEC contest on Sept. 15 (TBA), then visit Northern Vermont University – Lyndon (formerly Lyndon State College) on Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m.).
Plymouth returns home for a league contest against UMass Boston on Sept. 22 (1:00 p.m.), before closing out the month with road trips to Northern Vermont University – Johnson (formerly Johnson State College) on Sept. 24 (3:30 p.m.) and LEC-rival Western Connecticut on Sept. 29 (1:00 p.m.).
PSU closes out the regular season with four LEC matches in October. The Panthers visit Castleton on Oct. 2 (TBA), host Worcester State on Oct. 6 (1:00 p.m.), head to Southern Maine on Oct. 10 (4:00 p.m.) and wraps up the year with a Senior Day match against Bridgewater State on Oct. 13 (1:00 p.m.).
The top six finishers in the regular season will advance to the LEC Tournament with first round action on Oct. 30. The top two seeds will earn byes to the semifinals, with the third and fourth seeds hosting the opening round. The top overall seed will host the Final Four, with semifinals set for Nov. 2 and the championship slated for Nov. 3.
Refer to athletics.plymouth.edu for the most current information regarding all 24 of Plymouth State's athletic programs, as schedules are subject to change.
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