Panthers Evade Corsairs, 5-4

Panthers Evade Corsairs, 5-4

DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Defending Little East Conference champions Plymouth State took two of the three doubles matches and held on for 5-4 victory over hosts University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference women's tennis match Saturday afternoon at the UMD Tennis Courts.

The Corsairs, who lost for the third time by a 5-4 count, fall to 3-4 and 1-2 inside the conference circuit, while the Panthers improve to 3-4 and 3-1.

All three doubles matches ended up being very tight affairs. Plymouth State senior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and freshman Irene Ireme (Concord, N.H.) rallied from a 0-5 deficit to win 8-6 at top-flight doubles. The Panthers also won 8-6 at No. 3 doubles, after getting the only break of serve in the match at 5-5. Freshman Kelley Corson (Exeter, N.H.) and senior Peyton Smith (Stuttgart, Germany) earned the key point for Plymouth State over sophomore Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and sophomore Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.). It was the Corsairs' first loss of the season at No. 3 doubles.

UMass Dartmouth got on the board and stayed within striking distance when sophomore Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshman Kaela Dunn (North Attleboro, Mass.) rallied from a 3-6 deficit to take No. 2 doubles from sophomore Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and freshman Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H.) in a tie-breaker, 8-7 (7-4).

Zara Jakubas, the reigning Little East Conference Player of the Year, and young sister Sunny Jakubas increased the Panthers advantage to 4-1, before the Corsairs fought back.

Senior co-captain Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, Mass.) won her match at No. 3 singles in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4; McCaffrey moved up to No. 4 singles and maintained her undefeated singles record with a 6-4, 6-2 win, while Dunn won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.

Plymouth State got the point they would need to clinch the match when Smith topped Rollings 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, when the Corsairs travels to Worcester State for a Little East Conference match.