PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women’s tennis team turned in its strongest performance of the season Saturday afternoon en route to a 9-0 sweep of the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference match at the P.E. Center Courts.
“It wasn’t that UMass Boston isn’t a good team,” said PSU coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, “but for the first time this year, everyone on our team played well on the same day. Doubles played well, singles played well, everyone.”
The Panthers set the tone from the start, capturing all three doubles encounters to take a 3-0 lead. PSU then swept through the singles, winning all six in straight sets. Senior Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H.) won her third straight match at No. 1 singles, and junior Meghan Rodier (Francestown, N.H.) and senior Briley Boisvert (Goffstown, N.H.) were easy winners for PSU at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.
Sophomore Amanda Arponen (Plymouth, Mass.), freshman Buffy Garland (Freedom, N.H.) and sophomore Denise Huckins (Holderness, N.H.) collected singles wins for PSU in the lower half of the line-up. Deyermond, Rodier and Arponen share the team lead this season with five singles wins each.
PSU, 2-6 overall and 2-2 in conference matches, is back in action Tuesday with an LEC match-up at Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.) UMass Boston, 0-4 and 0-2, hosts Rhode Island College on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.)
Plymouth State 9, UMass Boston 0
#1 Meghan Rodier/Briley Boisvert (PSU) def. Emily Johnson/Aurora Lormeus (UMB), 8-4
#2 Jill Deyermond/Buffy Garland (PSU) def. Brittany Engel/Katie McPherson (UMB), 8-1
#3 Amanda Arponen/Denise Huckins (PSU) def. Novita Dewi/Bing Nguy (UMB), 8-3
#1 Jill Deyermond (PSU) def. Aurora Lormeus (UMB), 6-2, 7-5
#2 Meghan Rodier (PSU) def. Emily Johnson (UMB), 6-3, 6-1
#3 Briley Boisvert (PSU) def. Brittany Engel (UMB), 6-3, 6-3
#4 Amanda Arponen (PSU) def. Katie McPherson (UMB), 6-2, 6-3
#5 Buffy Garland (PSU) def. Bing Nguy (UMB), 6-0, 6-0
#6 Denise Huckins (PSU) def. Novita Dewi (UMB), 6-0, 6-1
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