PSU Women’s Tennis succumbs to D-II St. Anselm

PSU Women’s Tennis succumbs to D-II St. Anselm

Hill secures lone point for the Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team suffered an 8-1 decision at the hands of NCAA Division II St. Anselm College in a match at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House on Monday evening.

            Sophomore Emily Hill (New Hartford, Conn.) picked up the Panthers' lone point when sophomore Dominique Bolduc (Manchester, N.H.) was forced to retire at No. 6 singles. Sophomore Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) and senior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) both won their opening sets in singles play, but lost in a 10-point super breaker.

            With the setback the Panthers drop to an even 2-2, while St. Anselm picks up its first win of the year to improve to 1-2.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 1, St. Anselm 8


            Plymouth State 2-2

            St. Anselm 1-2


            How it Happened:

            * St. Anselm swept through the doubles play, taking No. 1 and No. 2 by identical 8-2 scores. Venincasa and sophomore Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) fell at No. 3 by an 8-4 margin.

            * Sophomore Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) was on the short end of a 6-1, 6-3 decision while playing No. 1 singles for the first time this fall, as the Hawks built a 4-0 lead.

            * Hill and Bolduc were deadlocked at 2-2 in the first set when Bolduc suffered an injury and was unable to continue to give PSU its only point.

            * Senior Lexi Stathis (Rockaway Beach, N.Y.) and freshman Emily Jacy (Glastonbury, Conn.) secured points for the Hawks with straight set wins at No. 2 (6-2, 6-3) and No. 3 (6-1, 6-2), respectively.

            * Venincasa took the first set, 6-1, at No. 4, before senior Kayla Hodas (Peabody, Mass.) responded with a 7-5 win in set two. Hodas took the match in a super breaker by a 10-6 score.

            * Wheeler also captured the first set, topping senior Eleni Petromelis (Peabody, Mass.) 6-2, before Petromelis returned the favor with a 6-2 win of her own in the second set. Petromelis was able to complete the comeback with a 10-4 decision in the super breaker.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Hill picked up her first win of the season in her first competition of the year.

            * Winter and McCarthy suffered their first pairs defeat of the season. They had been a perfect 3-0 to start the year.

            * The Hawks have held a stranglehold over PSU, winning 14 of 17 meetings all-time. The Panthers' last win over St. Anselm came during the 1993 season.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Everyone played well today," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, "especially in singles. We faced a very good team and I'm happy with the way we battled. Our last two matches have given us a chance to identify some of our strengths and weaknesses and we'll continue to address those as we get ready for Salem State on Saturday."


            Up Next:

            * PSU is off until Saturday, when the Panthers travel to Salem State for an LEC contest. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

            * The Hawks will enjoy an 11-day layoff before playing Northeast-10 Conference matches on three consecutive days. St. Anselm starts the stretch with a match at St. Michael's College on Sept. 21 (3:30 p.m.).



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