PSC finishes 2nd at LEC Champ.

October 12th, 2002 by Adam

BOSTON, Mass. — The Plymouth State College women’s tennis team had its best finish in six years at the ninth annual Little East Conference Championships held over the weekend at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The Panthers finished runner-up to the University of Southern Maine, a big improvement over last year’s fifth place and the best for PSC since the ’95 and ’96 teams finished second. PSC had finalists in five of the nine flights, but lost all five to settle for second place.

USM placed first with 22 points, PSC was second with 14, followed by Rhode Island University with 13, UMass Dartmouth with 10 and UMass Boston with four. Western Connecticut did not participate. Plymouth State had finished 5-0 in LEC dual matches this fall.

“The kids played really hard and really well,” said PSC coach Judy Switzer. “We had such a disappointing finish at last year’s tournament, and we’re happy we didn’t have a repeat of that. We would’ve liked to have won it, but it was nice to finish second.”

PSC’s top player, senior Jamie Hazard (Foster, RI), who had to battle through three sets in three of the four matches she played, advanced to the championship match at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She defeated Emily Jose of Southern Maine in her singles semifinal, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, but lost the title match to Denise Ridge of UMass Boston, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

Hazard and doubles teammate Katie Olsen (Reading, MA), who was overcoming an injury in the last two weeks of the season, took a No. 1 doubles semifinal in straight sets, but were defeated in the finals by Rhode Island College’s tandem of Elizabeth Barrette and Donna Vongratsavay, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Hazard now has a singles record of 8-2, while she and Olsen are 7-1 in doubles.

Freshman Whitney O’Leary (Sagamore Beach, MA) also advanced to two finals – No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. She defeated UMD’s Heather Mortimer in the singles semifinals before dropping a 6-3, 7-5 decision in the final to USM’s April Cohen. O’Leary and classmate Jessie Leone (Cataumet, MA) took a three-set match (6-1, 4-6, 6-4) from UMass Dartmouth in the doubles semifinals, but lost in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) in the championship match to USM’s Jose and Megan Allyn. O’Leary is now 5-3 in singles and 7-2 in doubles.

PSC’s No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Cassie Cash (Bath, Maine) and freshman Rachel Xavier (Meredith, NH/Pilgrim {RI}) won their semifinal match in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), over UMD opponents, but lost in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) in the final to USM’s Katherine Welch and Catie MCCarthy.

Four PSC singles players were eliminated in the semifinals of their flights – senior Sarah Kasuba (Stratford, Conn.) at No. 2, junior Cally Thorup (Cumberland, Maine) at No. 4, Xavier at No. 5, and junior Lindsay Coletti (Hudson, MA) at No. 6.

For the first time in many years, PSC will send a contingent to the New England Championships, which are next weekend (Oct. 18-20) at Amherst College.

In the News

Example Image

PARENT FORWARD: Don’t just read, do something!

If parents want to raise readers in a digital age it is not enough to have books in the house or simply read those books. Parents are going to have to take it one step further. They’re going to have to do something. Parent Jason Boog, author of “Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a […]

Example Image

Historic Samuel Read Hall Building given new life as Center for STEM Programming

PLYMOUTH —Spring, 1923. Time magazine publishes its first issue, King Tut’s tomb was opened and the world’s first portable radio was invented. In Plymouth, the Normal School proudly opened Samuel Read Hall Dormitory to accommodate a growing student population. Ninety-two years later, Plymouth State University officials rededicated the beloved ivy-covered building with a ceremony marking […]

Example Image

Students at all levels submit to Juried Student Exhibition

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the 2015 Juried Student Exhibition March 24–April 11 in the gallery, with a reception from 4–6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The Juried Student Exhibition showcases selected works in all media by students from across the campus. Students from first […]