PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Defending Little East Conference regular season champion Rhode Island College defeated defending LEC Tournament champion Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon, 7-2, in an LEC women’s tennis dual match at RIC.
The Anchorwomen continued their dominance in doubles, sweeping all three flights from PSU. RIC is currently 29-4 in doubles action this fall. RIC dropped singles matches at No. 1 and No. 2, but swept the rest to pull out the victory. RIC is now 9-2 overall and 5-1 in conference matches, while PSU drops to 3-7 and 3-3.
Senior Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H.) continued her strong play for PSU, winning her fourth straight match at No. 1 singles to improve her record to 7-6 overall. She rebounded from losing the first set, 6-1, to win the next two sets, 6-4 and 6-1, over Meg Funk, who came into the match with an 8-2 record.
Junior Meghan Rodier (Francestown, N.H.) also picked up a nice straight-set win at #2 singles, defeating Sasha Doonan-Rodriguez, who also entered the match at 8-2. Rodier improved her singles mark to 7-4, matching Deyermond for the most wins on the team.
PSU gave a good battle in several other matches against the Anchorwomen. Sophomore Denise Huckins (Holderness, N.H.) lost in a third-set super-tiebreaker at No. 6 singles, and Huckins and sophomore Amanda Arponen (Plymouth, Mass.) fell at No. 3 doubles, 9-7.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season with a pair of home matches this week – Tuesday against Lyndon State (3:30 p.m.) and Saturday vs. Western Connecticut (11:00 p.m.)
Rhode Island College 7, Plymouth State 2
#1 Meg Funk/Sasha Doonan-Rodriguez (RIC) def. Meghan Rodier/Briley Boisvert (PSU), 8-4
#2 Liz O’Connell/Julie Bannon (RIC) def. Jill Deyermond/Buffy Garland (PSU), 8-2
#3 Jackie Eastman/Brittany LaBarre (RIC) def. Denise Huckins/Amanda Arponen (PSU), 9-7
#1 Jill Deyermond (PSU) def. Meg Funk (RIC), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
#2 Meghan Rodier (PSU) def. Sasha Doonan-Rodriguez (RIC), 6-4, 6-3
#3 Liz O’Connell (RIC) def. Briley Boisvert (PSU), 7-5, 6-1
#4 Julie Bannon (RIC) def. Amanda Arponen (PSU), 6-3, 7-5
#5 Jackie Eastman (RIC) def. Buffy Garland (PSU), 6-2, 6-3
#6 Brittany LaBarre (RIC) def. Denise Huckins (PSU), 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, (10-7)
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