Panthers Remain Unbeaten at Corsairs Expense

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team was not able to knock off undefeated Plymouth State, but they did they did remove a few Panthers from the unbeaten ranks Saturday afternoon. Plymouth State improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Little East Conference with a 6-3 victory over the Corsairs at the Holderness School. 

The Panthers had won their last four matches, and five of the previous six, by 9-0 scores.  The Corsairs, who fell to 2-3 and 0-2 in the conference circuit, provided a much sterner test on the road.

Sophomore Rosalie Kimba (Milford, Mass.) won matches in singles and doubles, defeating previously unbeaten opponents in both.  Kimba teamed with sophomore Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) to defeat Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.), 8-4, at No. 2 doubles.  The Panthers duo had been 6-0.  Kimba, who normally only plays doubles, then defeated Plymouth senior captain Rosalie DiRado, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. DiRado had also been 6-0 entering the match.

The Corsairs other victory came at No. 4 singles, where freshman Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.) overpowered Lund 6-1, 6-3.

Ioannides got a measure of revenge when she defeated Reichert 6-4, 6-3 in a well-contested match at No. 5 singles.

"We did very well in the bottom half of the match," said Corsairs head coach Doug Chapman. "Overall, I was pleased by the we played and competed against a very good team on the road. They were just too strong for us in the top half of the lineup."

Rutgers transfer Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.), already a multiple time LEC player of the week, teamed with younger sister Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) to claim No. 1 doubles, 8-1.  The sisters combined to drop only one game in four sets of singles at No. 1 and 2. Cassidy Wells (Colchester, Vt.) improved to 7-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over freshman Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) at No. 3 singles, clinching the team-win for the Panthers.

UMD will be back in action Tuesday evening with a nonleague indoor match against Suffolk University at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols in Cambridge at 6 p.m.