Women's Tennis Posts Four Singles Wins In 5-4 Setback At Plymouth State

Women's Tennis Posts Four Singles Wins In 5-4 Setback At Plymouth State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. --  Senior Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) were winners in both singles and doubles play as Plymouth State used a doubles sweep to post a 5-4 Little East Conference women's tennis victory over UMass Dartmouth in the season opener for both schools Saturday afternoon at the Holderness School.

Sophomores Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) and Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass.) teamed up for an 8-6 win at number one doubles for the host Panthers (1-0, 1-0 LEC), while the tandem of Wheeler and fellow senior Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) posted an 8-4 triumph at number two doubles.  Venincasa and sophomore Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) posted an 8-3 win at the number three spot to complete the doubles sweep for Plymouth State, as Venincasa dropped the opening set before rallying for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win at number five singles.  Wheeler posted a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) sweep at the number six singles spot to account for the Panthers' fifth point.

Senior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.), a three-time all-Little East selection in both singles and doubles play during her career, picked up where she left off last fall for the visiting Corsairs (0-1, 0-1 LEC) at number one singles with a 6-2, 6-4 straight set triumph.  All-LEC junior Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) overcame a second set setback to notch a 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 victory at number two singles for UMass Dartmouth, while sophomore Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) dropped her opening set at the number three singles spot before rallying for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win.  Sophomore Rachel Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) accounted for the visitors' other point of the day with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) victory at number four singles.

UMass Dartmouth will be idle until next Saturday, September 8th when the Corsairs host Southern Maine in a Little East Conference clash on the UMD Courts at 1:00 pm, while Plymouth State entertains Franklin Pierce in a non-conference match on Tuesday afternoon at the Holderness School beginning at 3:30 pm.