PSU Women’s Tennis players earn All-LEC recognition

PSU Women’s Tennis players earn All-LEC recognition

Winter and McCarthy honored for the Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The top singles and doubles players on the Plymouth State University women's tennis team were among those honored when the Little East Conference (LEC) announced its All-Conference Teams on Wednesday morning.

            Sophomore Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) was selected to the All-LEC First Team Singles, while Winter and classmate Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) were voted to All-LEC First Team Doubles.

            Winter receives First Team recognition in singles play for the second straight year, as she was also recognized as the Rookie of the Year last fall. It is McCarthy's first All-Conference recognition.

            Winter enjoyed another successful campaign for the Panthers, playing all 11 of her matches at the No. 1 singles spot. She posted a 5-6 overall mark, including a 5-4 record in Little East competition. Included in her run was an impressive straight sets victory over Rhode Island College sophomore Grace Zangari (6-4, 6-4).

            Winter and McCarthy teamed up to form one of the top doubles tandems in the league. The duo went 10-4 at No. 1 doubles overall, including an 8-1 mark in the Little East. The eight wins were more than any other No. 1 doubles team in the conference, and their .889 winning percentage was the highest among No. 1 doubles teams with more than five matches played.

            Together the twosome helped guide the Panthers to one of the most successful seasons in program history. PSU finished the year with a 12-3 mark, capturing the second most wins all-time. It also marked the first time in history that Plymouth State finished with a double-digit win total in consecutive years after posting a 10-5 mark a year ago.

            Under the direction of 15-year head coach Barbara Rawlksy-Willett, the Panthers went 8-1 in LEC play to earn the No. 2 seed for the LEC Tournament. PSU fell behind 2-1 to third-seeded Salem State in the semifinals, but rebounded to post a gritty, 5-4, win to advance to the title match for the second time since the team tournament format began in 2008.

            Although Plymouth State ultimately fell to RIC in the championship match, 5-1, the Panthers were leading in each of the three unfinished matches when play was stopped.



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