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.
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."
- 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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