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October 16, 2012

 

WANG & CANNATA EARN SINGLES WINS AS
FALL CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END

Plymouth, N.H.-Sophomore Janice Wang (Branchburg, NJ) and freshman Tressa Cannata (Cranston, RI) each came away with victories at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively, as fifth-seeded Rhode Island College fell to fourth-seeded Plymouth State, 5-2, in the first round of the 2012 Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament.

 

Plymouth State improves to 8-6 overall and advances to the semifinals to face top-seeded and regular season champion Bridgewater State University on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Meanwhile, RIC closes out the fall season with a 4-10 record and will resume action in the spring.

 

 

 Sophomore Janice Wang

 

The Panthers, which edged the Anchorwomen 5-4 in the regular season meeting, swept all three doubles matches to jump out to an early lead. Senior Sara Burke (Barrington, RI) and junior Molly Heartfield (Dorset, VT) posted an 8-3 victory for PSU at No. 1 doubles. The freshman duo of Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, CA) and Andra Dion (Ashland, NH) came back from a 7-4 deficit at No. 2 doubles to pull out a 9-7 triumph, while juniors Jane Duggan (Saunderstown, RI) and Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, NH) rallied from a 6-5 deficit to pull out the win in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-5).  

 

Leading by three, Dion claimed the match at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-0) to give the hosts a commanding lead. Yet, moments later, freshman Cannata put the Anchorwomen on the board with a victory at No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-0) and Wang followed with a win at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-3) to make things interesting. However, Burke closed out the match with a victory at No. 1 (7-5, 6-0) to send the Panthers into the semifinals and bounce the Anchorwomen from the postseason.

 

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