Plymouth blanks Western, 9-0

from the desk of "The Legend" - Kent Cherrington - PSU Sports Information


PLYMOUTH, NH (Sep. 22) — The Plymouth State University women’s tennis team got its record back to the .500 mark Saturday afternoon with an easy 9-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match at the PE Center Courts.

The Panthers, who swept Lyndon State College on Thursday by the same score, even their mark at 4-4 overall and 2-2 in LEC matches.  WestConn slipped to 1-2 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

All six Panther starters were double-winners on the day.  Senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) and junior Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt.) teamed up for an 8-0 triumph at No. 1 doubles, and then cruised to straight-set victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.  Burke and Heartfield both have 5-3 singles records this season, and they are 5-2 as a doubles team.

The freshman tandem of Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and Andra Dion (Ashland, N.H.) won the No. 2 doubles match and were straight-set winners at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.  Ioannides has a team-best 6-1 record in singles, and the Panther duo is 4-3 in doubles.  Juniors Jane Duggan (Saunderstown, R.I.) and Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, N.H./Central) teamed up for a win at No. 3 doubles before registering victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

Both teams are back in action Wednesday with LEC match, the Panthers traveling to Salem State and WestConn hosting UMass Boston.

Tennis Match Results
Western Connecticut vs Plymouth State
Sep 22, 2012 at Plymouth, N.H.
(PE Center Courts)

Plymouth State 9, Western Connecticut 0

Singles competition
1. Sara Burke (PSU) def. Caitlin Ogrizovich (WCSUW) 6-1, 6-1
2. Molly Heartfield (PSU) def. Alyssa Panasci (WCSUW) 6-0, 6-0
3. Nitsa Ioannides (PSU) def. Nicole Salamacha (WCSUW) 6-1, 6-0
4. Andra Dion (PSU) def. Angelica Jara (WCSUW) 6-0, 6-2
5. Jane Duggan (PSU) def. Bastienne Bernardeau (WCSUW) 6-2, 6-1
6. Chelsea Thibeault (PSU) def. Melissa Osorio (WCSUW) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Sara Burke/Molly Heartfield (PSU) def. Caitlin Ogrizovich/Alyssa Panasci (WCSUW) 8-0
2. Nitsa Ioannides/Andra Dion (PSU) def. Nicole Salamacha/Bastienne Bernardeau (WCSUW) 8-1
3. Jane Duggan/Chelsea Thibeault (PSU) def. Angelica Jara/Melissa Osorio (WCSUW) 8-4

Match Notes:
Western Connecticut 1-2, 0-2 LEC
Plymouth State 4-4, 2-2 LEC
Order of finish: Doubles 1-2-3, Singles 1-3-2-6-5-4