Panthers capture third seed for LEC Tournament
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – With the winner of the match assured of the third seed in next week's Little East Conference tournament, Plymouth State University rebounded from deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 to top Worcester State University, 6-3, in an LEC match at the Holderness School Courts on Saturday.
PSU got off to a slow start after dropping two of the first three doubles matches, but rallied to tie the match at 2-2. Trailing 3-2, PSU ripped off four straight singles wins to claim the 6-3 win.
The two teams finish the regular season with identical 9-5 overall records and 6-3 marks in the LEC, finishing in a tie for third place in the final regular season standings. The Panthers earn the third seed for the tournament by virtue of the head-to-head win today.
PSU will host No. 6 WestConn in a first round match on Tuesday (Oct. 15), while the Lancers host fifth-seeded Bridgewater State on the same day.
Plymouth State 6, Worcester State 3
Plymouth State (9-5, 6-3 LEC)
Worcester State (9-5, 6-3 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Worcester State jumped out to the lead after taking two of three doubles matches. PSU's lone point came from the freshman tandem of Kira Winter (Eliot, Maine) and Hanna Street (New Castle, N.H.) at No. 3 by an 8-4 margin.
- Junior Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) squared things at 2-2 after a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles, but the Lancers went right back in front when junior Dominique Alves (Ludlow, Mass.) topped Winter by identical 6-2, 6-2 scores at No. 2.
- Junior Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) knotted the score at 3-3 with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 4, before Street gave the Panthers their first lead of the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 5.
- Plymouth State wrapped up the win when freshman Megan Marshall (Dartmouth, Mass.) earned a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3, while junior Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) closed out the match with a back-and-forth 6-4, 2-6, 10-3 win at No. 1.
Inside the Numbers:
- Street ends the regular season with a team-high 11 singles wins (11-2), while Venincasa went 10-2 in singles play. Venincasa posted an 8-1 mark in LEC matches, with Street going 7-1.
- Venincasa has won each of her last five singles matches, while Sundquist ran her win-streak to four in a row.
- Plymouth State is making its sixth straight appearance in the LEC Tournament, and its tenth since the tournament format went to a head-to-head format in 2008.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We played never-give-up tennis today to take the third seed in the tournament," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "Now we need to keep it up in tournament play next week."
- Plymouth State will be the No. 3 seed in next week's LEC Tournament. The Panthers will host sixth-seeded WestConn in a first round match at the Holderness School Courts on Tuesday (Oct. 15). Match time has yet to be announced.
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