Panthers Strike in Singles to Prevail over Women's Tennis 5-4

Panthers Strike in Singles to Prevail over Women's Tennis 5-4

HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Plymouth State rebounded after going down 1-2 after doubles, winning four singles matches  to narrowly edge UMass Dartmouth Women's Tennis in LEC play on Saturday, prevailing 5-4 at the Holderness School.

The Basics

Score: Plymouth State 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records:
Plymouth State (4-3, 3-2 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (4-4, 3-2 LEC) 

How it Happened

The Corsairs put forth one of their most solid doubles efforts yet this season, taking the No. 2 and No. 3 pairings handily over their Panther counterparts. Junior Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) jumped back into their winning ways with an 8-3 decision, and juniors Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) and Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.) prevailed 8-2 at the third flight.

The Panthers then put together a strong singles performance, taking several sets in 7-5 fashion. Plymouth State's sister duo of Zara and Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) prevailed at the top two flights, before UMass Dartmouth tied the score back up when junior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 5. Fastino then game the Corsairs a one-match edge, securing a 6-4, 6-0 decision at No. 3, but the Panthers would take the final two matches. Both Rollings and senior Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) dropped their first sets 7-5, before slipping 6-2 and 6-4, respectively.

Inside the Numbers

  • Fastino has yet to lose back-to-back doubles matches this season, and snaps a three-match losing streak in singles with her victory at No. 3 today.
  • Oung is now 6-1 in singles play on the season, splitting time between the No. 5 and No. 6 flights. Her only loss came Thursday against Johnson & Wales.
  • Plymouth State has now won two-straight 5-4 matches against the Corsairs, and has won the past three matchups.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth is back at home and remains in league play on Tuesday, hosting Worcester State beginning at 3:30 p.m.