Panthers pick up sixth consecutive victory
RUTLAND, Vt. – Plymouth State University picked up a convincing 9-0 win over Castleton University in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's tennis match at the Grand Slam Center on Tuesday afternoon.
Plymouth State earned its third shutout win of the year to extend its current winning streak to six straight matches. Sophomore Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) improved to a team-best 7-2 in singles play.
With the win PSU improves to 8-2 (5-1 LEC), while Castleton drops to 2-7 and 0-6 in conference action.
Plymouth State 9, Castleton 0
Plymouth State 8-2, 5-1 LEC
Castleton 2-7, 0-6 LEC
How it Happened:
* The reliable duo of sophomore Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) Venincasa took No. 3 doubles by an 8-3 margin and sophomores Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) and Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) earned an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles.
* Plymouth State secured the win with points in the first two singles matches, a 6-0, 6-1 win for Wheeler at No. 6 and a 6-1, 6-3 victory for Kigugu at No. 3.
* Sundquist picked up PSU's sixth point with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 4 and Winter cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1.
* McCarthy (6-3, 6-2) and Venincasa (6-0, 6-2) wrapped up the sweep, coasting to wins at No. 2 and No. 5 respectively.
Inside the Numbers:
* All three of PSU's 9-0 wins have come during the current six-match winning streak. The Panthers have also picked up three LEC wins during the stretch.
* Venincasa leads the team with a 7-2 overall singles mark, while Venincasa and Wheeler are each 5-1 in LEC singles play.
* Kigugu, Sundquist and Venincasa have each won their last five singles matches.
* Winter and McCarthy improved to a team-best 5-1 in LEC pairs action, while Sundquist and Venincasa have won four-straight LEC doubles matches to improve to 4-1 in conference play.
* This was the first meeting between the two programs as LEC rivals, though the teams have squared off a number of times.
* Going back to the 1987 season, PSU sports a 21-6 against the Spartans and the Panthers have won seven of the last eight meetings.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We played tenacious singles today," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "We made solid groundstrokes, mixed it up when we had to, and were able to put away short balls."
* Plymouth State hosts Little East rival Worcester State for a key conference match Saturday (Oct. 6) at 1:00 p.m. The two teams have met in the quarterfinals of the LEC Tournament each of the last three years, with Worcester State upsetting the Panthers in both 2016 and 2017.
* Castleton hosts Sage in a non-conference match on Thursday (Oct. 4). First serve is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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