Panthers to host UMass Dartmouth in opener on Sept. 1
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team was chosen to finish third in the Little East Conference (LEC) in 2018, following a vote of the conference's ten head coaches.
Defending champion Rhode Island College was selected as the preseason favorite, earning 72 points and six first place votes. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was picked second, just ahead of the Panthers. UMD accrued 65 points and two first place votes, with PSU collecting the final first place vote and 64 points. Plymouth will host the Corsairs in the season opener at the Holderness School Courts on Sept. 1 (1:00 p.m.).
Worcester State University, which has knocked the Panthers out of the LEC Tournament each of the last two years, earned 54 points to finish fourth, finishing a single point ahead of Bridgewater State University's 53 points. The University of Massachusetts Boston and Western Connecticut State University both accrued 37 points to finish in a tie for sixth.
Salem State University (30 points), Castleton University (26 points) and the University of Southern Maine (12 points) filled out the last three spots in the poll.
The Panthers are coming off a 10-5 season and head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, entering her 15th year at the helm, is looking forward to another strong campaign. Sophomore Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.), the reigning LEC Rookie of the Year and an All-LEC First Team Singles honoree last fall, is expected to bolster the squad, with contributions also expected from seniors Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) and Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.). Rawlsky-Willett will also look to sophomore Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) to add length to the lineup. Sundquist was an All-LEC Second Team recipient in both singles and doubles last season after posting a 5-1 mark at No. 5 singles and an 11-2 record in doubles play.
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