Panthers look to rebound against Castleton on Tuesday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Boston swept all three doubles matches and held on in singles play to top Plymouth State University, 6-3, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's tennis match at the Holderness School Courts on Saturday afternoon.
The setback snaps the Panthers' four-match winning streak and ends a run of dominating performances in pairs action. Entering the day PSU had won ten straight doubles matches and 13-of-15 against Division III competition, but the Beacons jumped out to the 3-0 lead and never looked back.
Freshman Megan Marshall (Dartmouth, Mass.) was impressive for the Panthers, dropping just one game to win at No. 4 singles, while freshman Hanna Street (New Castle, N.H.) and junior Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) accounted for PSU's other two points.
The setback drops the Panthers to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Little East, while UMass Boston improves to 6-1 and 1-1 in league play.
Plymouth State 3, UMass Boston 6
Plymouth State (5-2, 2-1 LEC)
UMass Boston (6-1, 1-1 LEC)
How it Happened.
- Juniors Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) and Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) suffered a rare setback in doubles action, falling 8-4 at No. 3.
- The Beacons picked up an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles, but the most competitive action took place at No. 2, where Marshall and freshman Kira Winter (Eliot, Maine) battled with senior Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) and freshman Shelby Parent (Cambridge, Minn.). UMB ultimately held off the freshmen tandem with an 8-7 win, taking the tiebreak by a 7-4 score.
- Marshall made quick work of her opponent at No. 4 singles to earn the Panthers' first point, but UMB secured the win with straight set wins at No. 1 and No. 3.
- McCarthy outlasted her challenger at No. 2, 6-2, 5-7, 10-6, and Street earned a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 6 to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
- The teams of Sundquist/Venincasa and Marshall/Winter had both been unbeaten in doubles play before today.
- Street remains perfect in singles play, pushing her record to 6-0 on the season.
- Entering the day the Panthers had won four-of-five meetings against UMB.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We did not play well in doubles today," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "We fought in singles, but didn't get what we needed to win. We will learn from this and move on."
- PSU wraps up its four-game homestand with an LEC match against Castleton on Tuesday (Sept. 24) starting at 4:00 p.m.
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