PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The results are in from the Sixth Annual Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Championships, which were held Saturday and Sunday at the P.E. Center Courts at PSC, and the host Panthers finished in fifth place.
Rhode Island College (21 points) edged the University of Southern Maine (19 points) for the team championship, giving the Anchorwomen their third title overall and first since 1995. Three-time defending champion UMass Dartmouth (13) was third, followed by UMass Boston (5.5), Plymouth State (5) and Western Connecticut (2.5).
RIC and USM each had four individual champions, and UMD one. Mary Bourque of UMD defeated Trisha Haworth of RIC to win the No. 1 singles final, 6-1, 6-0, and claim the prize as the LEC’s top singles player. RIC’s Cynthia Murray and Lisa Vinacco knocked off UMD’s Bourque and Sarah Clapp, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, to win the No. 1 doubles crown.
The Panthers had two individuals advance to the semi-finals in their respective singles flights, but both were eliminated before reaching the finals. Freshman Sadie Roy (Lewiston, Maine) was ousted by eventual champion Bourque at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-4, and junior captain Liza Tallarita (Warwick, RI), at No. 5 singles, was defeated by eventual champion Erica DiNuccio of RIC, 6-0, 6-1.
“We had some excellent performances this weekend, particularly from Sadie,” said PSC second-year head coach Judy Switzer of her team, which includes no seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen. “We also had some that were not-so-good. Several of the other coaches told me they were impressed with our team, and they would like to have some of our top players, but they can’t have them. I think with the experience we got this season, we will be much stronger next season.”
PSC finished a disappointing dual match season with a 2-10 overall record.