Panthers double up Chargers in non-conference action
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Plymouth State University won three straight singles matches to break a 2-2 deadlock as the Panthers knocked off Colby-Sawyer College, 6-3, in non-conference women's tennis action at Kelsey Courts on Wednesday afternoon.
PSU held a 2-1 lead after pairs play, but the hosts evened the match with a win at No. 1 singles. Juniors Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) and Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) earned straight set wins and freshman Hanna Street (New Castle, N.H.) secured the win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 6.
The win pushes the Panthers to 2-1, while Colby-Sawyer drops to 1-3.
Plymouth State 6, Colby-Sawyer 3
Plymouth State (2-1)
How it Happened.
- Venincasa and Sundquist put the Panthers ahead with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. After the Chargers evened the score, Street and freshman Megan Marshall (Dartmouth, Mass.) picked up an 8-2 win to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
- Colby-Sawyer earned the win at No. 1 singles to tie things at 2-2, but Venincasa, Sundquist and Street ripped off wins to guarantee victory for the Panthers.
- Venincasa went 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4, while Sundquist dispatched of her opponent by a 6-0, 6-3 score at No. 5.
- The hosts picked up a third point with a win at No. 2.
- Marshall trailed 4-1 in the first set, but came back to win 7-5, then fought hard for a 6-3 win to claim a point at No. 3.
Inside the Numbers:
- Venincasa is the lone unbeaten Panther thus far, going 3-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles. Street upped her singles mark to 2-0, while Sundquist improved to 3-0 in pairs' action.
- Sundquist pushed her career doubles record to a remarkable 27-4, including 14-2 when paired with Venincasa.
- With her singles win, Venincasa improves to 20-11 in her career. The 20 wins are tied for the 14th most in program history.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"No. 2 and No. 3 doubles played solidly today to start us off in the match," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "Numbers 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles finished things up for us. It was a good showing for us all around."
- Plymouth State returns to conference action on Saturday (Sept. 14) with a road match at Salem State. First serve is set for 1:00 p.m.
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