PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The 10th Annual Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Championships, hosted by Plymouth State University at the P.E. Center Courts, are complete through the first day of competition, with Western Connecticut State University holding a slim lead over Rhode Island College and the University of Southern Maine in the team scoring.
The tournament resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day. The doubles finals are expected to start around 11 a.m., with the singles finals slated for 1:00 p.m. The team champion should be declared and awards presented at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Western Conn. leads the tournament with seven points, followed by RIC and USM with six. Host Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth are tied for fourth with four points, and UMass Boston is in sixth place with two points. Saturday’s action included first-round and semifinals in all three doubles flights, and first-round play in the six singles brackets.
The Panthers won two of the three singles matches they played on Friday. Senior Katie Olsen (Reading, Mass.) was an easy 8-1 winner over Victoria Romero of UMB at No. 2 singles, and sophomore Whitney O’Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) won an 8-5 decision over UMD’s Heather Mortimer at No. 3. PSU’s only loss came at No. 1, where sophomore Jessie Leone (Cataumet, Mass.) was knocked off by Kendra Sloat of WCSU, 8-1. Sophomore Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) and senior Cally Thorup (Cumberland, Maine) received first-round byes at No.4 and No. 5 singles, and sophomore Megan Sowers (Londonderry, N.H.) advanced with a default victory at No. 6.
Plymouth State’s entries in doubles were all defeated in their first match of the tournament. O’Leary and Leone were seeded fourth at No. 1 doubles, but were upset by fifth-seeded Denise Ridge and Victoria Romero of UMass Boston, 8-2. Olsen and Sowers, the third seed at No. 2 doubles, won by default in the first round but were narrowly defeated in the semifinals by second-seeded Sloat and Kate Poirier of Western Conn., 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. Senior Lindsay Coletti (Hudson, Mass.) and freshman Erica Huckins (Plymouth, N.H.) received a bye as the No. 1 seed at No. 3 doubles, but were upset in the semifinals by fourth-seeded Katie Haepers and Kristen Spooner of UMass Darmouth, 6-3, 7-5.
Southern Maine is the defending LEC Champion, and PSU the defending runner-up.
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