DANBURY, Conn. – The Plymouth State University women’s tennis team finished the regular season on a winning note Saturday afternoon, defeating Western Connecticut State University, 7-2, in a Little East Conference match.
The Panthers wrap up the dual matches with a 6-4 overall record, and a 4-2 mark in conference play. Western Conn. fell to 3-6 and 0-5. Next up for both teams in the annual Little East Conference Tournament next weekend (Oct. 15-16) in Gorham, Maine.
Four Panthers collected wins in both singles and doubles against WCSU, led by the standout tandem of junior Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) and freshman Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H.). They improved to 5-0 as a team with a win at No. 2 doubles. Xavier was then a straight-set winner at No. 4 singles to improve her team-leading record to 9-1, and Deyermond picked up a victory at No. 3 singles to improve her mark to 5-4.
Junior Liz Duell (Hope Valley, R.I.) and sophomore Ashley Gorman (Cumberland, R.I.) were also double winners at WestConn., including a triumph together at No. 3 doubles which improved their record to 3-2. Duell was a straight set winner at No. 5 singles to improve her mark to 4-1, and Gorman won a three-set match in her first singles appearance of the season. Sophomore Erica Huckins (Plymouth, N.H.) also collected a victory at No. 2 singles to even her record at 5-5.
Plymouth State’s top player, junior Whitney O’Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.), was defeated in a tough match at No. 1 singles by sophomore Kendra Sloat.
This year’s 6-4 record for PSU under first-year coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett was a slight improvement over last year’s 5-5 mark. The Panthers will be looking to improve on last year’s fourth place at the LEC Tournament.
Plymouth State 7, Western Connecticut 2
#1 Kendra Sloat (WC) def. Whitney O’Leary (PSU), 6-1, 6-2
#2 Erica Huckins (PSU) def. Sarah Holmes (WC), 6-1, 6-2
#3 Jill Deyermond (PSU) def. Kate Poirier (WC), 6-2, 6-1
#4 Rachel Xavier (PSU) def. Tamra Butler (WC), 6-1, 6-2
#5 Liz Duell (PSU) def. Cailin McGaughan (WC), 6-4, 6-4
#6 Ashley Gorman (PSU) def. Cara Walsh (WC), 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
#1 Sloat/Holmes (WC) def. O’Leary/Huckins (PSU), 8-4
#2 Deyermond/Xavier (PSU) def. Poirier/Butler (WC), 8-3
#3 Duell/Gorman (PSU) def. McGaughan/Walsh (WC), 9-7
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