NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Plymouth State University won its Little East Conference women’s tennis opener Saturday afternoon, knocking off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 6-3, in a match played at New Bedford High School.
The victory marked the first collegiate win for PSU head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. The Panthers improve to 1-1 overall, while UMD is now 0-2.
Junior Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) and sophomore Erica Huckins (Plymouth, N.H.) each collected two wins apiece for PSU. Xavier was a winner at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles with junior Sarah Cole (North Waterboro, Maine), and Huckins captured wins at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles with junior Liz Duell (Hope Valley, R.I.).
The Panthers also got victories from junior Whitney O’Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) at No. 1 singles and sophomore Kiley Boyd (Brattleboro, Vt.) at No. 6 singles.
PSU plays another road match Wednesday at Bridgewater State (3:30 p.m.) before hosting Salem State next Saturday (1:00 p.m.).
Plymouth State 6, UMass Dartmouth 3
#1 Whitney O’Leary (PSU) def. Sarah Charwick (UMD), 6-1, 6-4
#2 Erica Huckins (PSU) def. Hannah Chavez (UMD), 6-2, 6-3
#3 Rachel Xavier (PSU) def. Katie Haepers (UMD), 7-5, 6-3
#4 Kristen Spooner (UMD) def. Briley Boisvert (PSU), 6-4, 6-4
#5 Nicole Cross (UMD) def. Sarah Cole (PSU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
#6 Kiley Boyd (PSU) def. Jyoti Folch (UMD), 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
#1 Charwick/Chavez (UMD) def. O’Leary/Deyermond (PSU), 9-8
#2 Xavier/Cole (PSU) def. Haepers/Spooner (UMD), 8-5
#3 Huckins/Liz Duell (PSU) def. Cross/Folch (UMD), 8-4