September 29, 2012



Plymouth, N.H.-Sophomore Gianna Vallante (Coventry, RI) won her match at No. 6 singles, but Rhode Island College lost a tight match at Plymouth State, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon in Little East Conference women's tennis action played at the PSU PE Center. The Panthers are now 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the Little East while RIC slips to 3-8 and 2-3.


Vallante won (1-6, 6-3, 6-2) after falling in the first set. Sophomore Janice Wang (Branchburg, NJ) won in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) at fifth singles, while freshman Tressa Cannata (Cranston, RI) also needed just two frames (6-1, 6-1) for a win at No. 4 singles.


Freshmen Sarah Goodwin (Greenville, RI) and Alyssa Diaz (Cranston, RI) picked up the only other victory for the visitors with an 8-1 decision at No. 3 doubles.


PSU senior Sara Burke (Barrington, RI), junior Molly Heartfield (Dorset, VT) and freshman Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, CA) led the Panthers. Burke and Heartfield teamed up for a 9-7 victory at No. 1 doubles, improving their season record to 7-2, while Ioannides joined forces with freshman Andra Dion (Ashland, NH) to claim an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles. 


Burke came back with a (6-0, 6-0) triumph at No. 1 singles, while Heartfield captured the No. 2 match (6-2, 6-2) and Ioannides won at No. 3 (6-3, 6-4). 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Emmanuel on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (6:30 p.m.).