Division II Franklin Pierce tops PSU Women’s Tennis

Division II Franklin Pierce tops PSU Women’s Tennis

Venincasa, Street battle in singles play

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) forced a third set at No. 4 singles and freshman Hanna Street (New Castle, N.H.) was competitive at No. 5 singles, but NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University was too much for Plymouth State University, as the Ravens earned a 7-0 win in non-conference women's tennis action at The Bubble on Thursday afternoon.

            FPU was impressive in doubles play, taking all three matches to earn the single point (Division II rules award just one point to the winner of two-of-three doubles matches). The Ravens were similarly impressive in singles play on the way to the win.

            Plymouth State drops to 6-3 overall, with two of the Panthers' three losses coming at the hands of D-II opponents. Franklin Pierce improves to 4-2 on the year.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 0, Franklin Pierce 7


            Plymouth State (6-3)

            Franklin Pierce (4-2)


            How it Happened.

  • FPU picked up quick wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, but Venincasa and junior Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) fought to a 6-3 setback at No. 2.
  • The hosts cruised to wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to push the lead to 3-0. Freshman Megan Marshall (Dartmouth, Mass.) didn't go down easy, falling 6-4, 6-2.
  • Street was nipped in her first set at No. 5, falling 7-6 after dropping the tiebreaker 8-6, before coming up short in the second set, 6-4.
  • Venincasa dropped a narrow decision in the first set, 7-6 (7-4), but rebounded with a 6-3 win to force a third set, where she fell in a 10-point tiebreak, 10-6.


            Inside the Numbers:

  • Street's setback in singles play was her first of the season, dropping her to 7-1.
  • Venincasa and Sundquist have been paired up for doubles play (eight after today's match) more than any other combination, and have posted a solid 6-2 mark as a duo.
  • PSU has gone 3-4 against the Ravens dating back to 2011.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Franklin Pierce has a very strong team this year from top to bottom," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "Kerstin [Venincasa] and Hanna [Street] played very well today in singles."


Up Next:

  • PSU returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday (Sept. 28), when the Panthers visit UMass Dartmouth for a 1:00 p.m. clash with the Corsairs.




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