PSU Women’s Tennis extends streak with win over Worcester State

PSU Women’s Tennis extends streak with win over Worcester State

Sundquist, Venincasa continue dominance for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) and Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) continued their strong play to help lead Plymouth State University to a 6-3 win over Worcester State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) tennis match at the Holderness School Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon.

            The Panthers took two of three doubles matches to go up 2-1 in the early stages of the afternoon. Plymouth State then won the first four singles matches to secure a seventh straight win.

            PSU improves to 9-2 (6-1 LEC), while Worcester State dips to 5-6 and 4-3 in league matches.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 6, Worcester State 3


            Plymouth State 9-2, 6-1 LEC

            Worcester State 5-6, 4-3 LEC


            How it Happened:

            * Sundquist and Venincasa continued their strong pairs play to top their opponents by an 8-1 score at No. 3 doubles to start the day.

            * Sophomore Emma Collings (Marion, Mass.) and freshman Charlotte Mullane (Sterling, Mass.) came back with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles to earn the Lancers' first point.

            * Sophomores Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) and Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) finished the pairs action with an 8-4 win at No. 1.

            * Plymouth State cruised through the early stages of singles play. McCarthy (6-2, 6-2), Sundquist (6-3, 6-3) and senior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) each posted straight sets wins to secure the match. After taking the first set 6-4, Wheeler had to battle back in set two, overcoming an early deficit to earn a 7-5 win.

            * Venincasa dropped her first set, 2-6, but rallied two take the next two (6-2, 6-0) at No. 5.

            * Worcester State got wins from their No. 1, sophomore Dominique Alves (Ludlow, Mass.), and Mullane at No. 3 to account for the final score.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Venincasa is a team-best 8-2 in singles play, while she and Wheeler are tied for the team lead with 6-1 singles marks in LEC play.

            * Venincasa and Sundquist both extended their singles winning streaks to six straight matches.

            * Winter and McCarthy improved to 6-1 in LEC doubles action.

            * Plymouth State and Worcester State have met in the LEC Tournament each of the last three years. PSU earned a 5-0 win in 2015, but the Lancers grabbed 5-1 and 5-2 wins in 2016 and 2017.

            * The Panthers improve to 8-4 all-time against Worcester State.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Doubles was played very well today," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "We had to fight for every point in singles. We stayed in every point as long as we could until an opportunity came when we could put it away."


            Up Next:

            * Plymouth State goes on the road to face LEC foe Southern Maine on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 4:00 p.m.

            * Worcester State heads to Clark University on Tuesday (Oct. 9) for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference match.




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