PSU Women's Tennis falls just short at Division II Saint Anselm

PSU Women's Tennis falls just short at Division II Saint Anselm

Sundquist, Venincasa both win twice for Panthers

            MANCHESTER, N.H. – Juniors Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) and Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) each won twice, but Plymouth State University came up one-point shy in a 4-3 loss to NCAA Division II Saint Anselm College in non-conference women's tennis action at the South Athletic Field Courts on Monday afternoon.

            Sundquist and Venincasa continued their dominance in pairs action, teaming for a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles, and each won their singles matches, but the Hawks proved to be just better enough to eke out the win.

            After winning its opener, Plymouth State drops to 1-1, while St. Anselm evens its record at 1-1.

 

            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 3, St. Anselm 4

 

            Plymouth State (1-1)

            St. Anselm (1-1)

 

            How it Happened.

  • In Division II rules a team must win two-of-three doubles matches to secure a single point. Junior Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) and freshman Kira Winter (Eliot, Maine) fell at No. 1 doubles by a 6-2 margin, but Sundquist and Venincasa evened doubles play with a 6-3 win.
  • Freshmen Hanna Street (New Castle, N.H.) and Megan Marshall (Dartmouth, Mass.) battled at No. 2 doubles, but the Hawks secured the doubles point with a 6-4 victory.
  • Street evened the match at one after winning at No. 6 singles (6-0, 3-0, ret.), but the hosts went back up by a point with a win at No. 1.
  • Sundquist again evened the score, earning a straight sets win at No. 5 (6-3, 6-2), but the Hawks secured the win with victories at No. 2 and No. 3.
  • Venincasa rounded out the scoring with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 4.

 

            Inside the Numbers:

  • Sundquist and Venincasa have made an impressive team. The duo are 13-2 all-time when playing as doubles partners.
  • PSU has struggled against the D-II school, dropping each of the last 14 meetings, though the one-point loss was the most competitive since a 5-4 setback in 1994.

 

            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Everyone steeped up and played exceptionally well without our number one today," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "They fought hard and it came right down to the last match to decide which team won."

 

Up Next:

  • The Panthers remain on the road for two more matches this week – at Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday (Sept. 11) and at Salem State in LEC play on Saturday (Sept. 14).

 

 

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