AMHERST, Mass. — Plymouth State College competed in the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament this weekend for the first time in many years, and came home with one win in four attempts against the top players in New England.
The Panthers sent one singles player and two doubles contingents to the event, which included 26 schools and is the largest tennis tournament in New England.
PSC’s top player, senior Jamie Hazard (Foster, RI), competed in both singles and doubles, and suffered the same fate in both matches. She faced Lauren Kemp of Smith University in the No. 1 singles draw, and dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision. Hazard and teammate Katie Olsen (Reading, MA), were defeated in the No. 1 doubles draw by Kemp and Ruth Linz of Smith, 8-4.
Hazard completes a strong season with an 8-3 record in singles, and she and Olsen finished 7-2 in doubles.
Plymouth State’s freshman tandem of Jessie Leone (Cataumet, Mass.) and Whitney O’Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) represented the Panthers in the No. 2 doubles draw, and captured a first-round victory over Tarren Bailey and Karen Salvo of Colby-Sawyer College, 8-3. The PSC duo was then defeated in the round of 16 by Trinity College’s Diana Goldman and Karen Huebner, 8-1, ending the season with a 5-3 mark.
The performance capped a very successful campaign for Plymouth State under fifth-year head coach Judy Switzer. The Panthers finished 7-2 in dual matches and placed second at the Little East Conference Championships, the team’s best finish since 1996.