Corsairs Cap Campaign In Semifinals

Corsairs Cap Campaign In Semifinals

PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Top-seeded Plymouth State University advanced to the 2014 Little East Conference Women's Tennis Championship, eliminating the fifth-seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 5-0, this afternoon in a semifinal match played The Holderness School.

The Panthers (13-0) will host second-seeded Rhode Island College (14-1) in the championship match.  The date and time will be determined on Wednesday morning. The Anchorwomen defeated two-time defending champions Bridgewater State, 5-2 in the other semifinal.

Plymouth State, which won 6-3 in an earlier season meeting with UMass Dartmouth, got off to a fast start and never looked back. The Panthers swept the doubles competitions to race out to a 3-0 advantage.

The Panthers No. 2 doubles team of Nitsa Ioannides and Nikki Lund, who lost in the earlier meeting, were 8-1 winners over freshmen Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) and Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.). Junior Zara Jakubas and freshman Sunny Jakubas improved their record to 13-0 at top-flight doubles with an 8-3 win over junior Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and sophomore Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.).

At No. 3 doubles, Plymouth State's Cassidy Wells and Rosalie DiRado won the first five games of the match before holding on for an 8-5 victory over freshman Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and junior captain Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, Mass.), who entered the match with five-game winning streaks.

The Corsairs faced a tall order of needing to win five of the six singles matches to earn a spot in the championship match. The Jakubas sisters put that possibility to bed early. Zara Jakubas improved to 13-0 at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Sunny Jakubas raised her mark to 12-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles, which ended the match being played to decision.

UMass Dartmouth, who played without a single player that had ever won a varsity singles match prior to this season, finished at 7-8 overall. The Corsairs defeated Salem State, 5-4, in the quarterfinals and equaled last season's trip to the semifinals despite a roster that included 10 freshmen.