Panthers win final three singles matches to steal win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Trailing 4-2, the Plymouth State University women's tennis team ripped off three straight wins in singles play to earn a come-from-behind, 5-4 win over Bridgewater State University in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Holderness School Courts.
Freshman Megan Marshall (Dartmouth, Mass.) and junior Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) each won in straight sets to tie the score at 4-4, and junior Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) outlasted her counterpart at No. 2 singles in three sets to claim the win.
Plymouth State wins its season opener for the 10th straight year to move to 1-0, while Bridgewater State falls to 0-2.
Plymouth State 5, Bridgewater State 4
Plymouth State (1-0, 1-0 LEC)
Bridgewater State (0-2, 0-1 LEC)
How it Happened.
- Marshall and freshman Kira Winter (Eliot, Maine) teamed up to win No. 2 doubles by an 8-6 margin.
- Junior Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) joined forces with freshman Hanna Street (New Castle, N.H.) at No. 3 doubles to win 8-7 (7-0) as PSU took a 2-1 lead.
- The Bears earned wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 6 singles to pull in front, but the Panthers rallied.
- Marshall pulled out a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4 and Venincasa finished off a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 5 to even the match.
- McCarthy won her first set by a 6-3 margin, but Olivia Sweeney answered back with a 6-2 victory to force a third set. McCarthy took control, seizing the match and securing the Panthers' win with a 6-2 victory in the deciding set.
Inside the Numbers:
- Sundquist has been dominant in doubles play throughout her career, improving to 25-4 all-time, including a 19-2 record at No. 3 doubles.
- Half of the Panthers doubles players – Winter, Marshall and Street – were playing in their first collegiate match.
- Venincasa has settled in nicely at No. 5 singles, improving to 10-2 at that spot over the last two years.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We had great team play today," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "The never-give-up attitude of the players helped us to hang in there and win the close ones to give us our first conference win."
- Plymouth State heads to NCAA Division II Saint Anselm on Monday (Sept. 9) for a 3:30 p.m. tilt.
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