Plymouth State Downs Southern Maine 9-0 in Women's Tennis Action

Junior Ashley Owens (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Ashley Owens (file photo by Jason Johns).

Plymouth State Downs Southern Maine 9-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- The visiting Plymouth State University Panthers overpowered the University of Southern Maine Huskies 9-0 in a Little East Conference women's tennis match played Wednesday afternoon at the Gorham High School courts.

            The win extends the Panthers winning streak to eight, and improved their records to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in LEC play.  The Huskies, riding a three-match winning streak coming into the match, dropped to 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

            Plymouth jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead by sweeping the three doubles matches.  Sophomores Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H./Portsmouth) and Maggie McCarthy (Marion, Mass./Carver) won the number one match knocking off USM's combination of junior Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) and senior Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland), 8-4.  In the number two match, seniors Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) and Megan Wheeler (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) knocked off USM juniors Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and Gabby Brooks (Palmero, Maine/Messalonskee) 8-4.

            The Panthers proceeded to win all six singles matches.  The closest match came at number two where McCarthy and Owens split sets before McCarthy prevailed in the super tiebreaker for a 6-1, 2-6 (10-7) win.

            Southern Maine closes the regular season this Saturday (1 p.m.) traveling to league leader Rhode Island College.  Plymouth State will host Bridgewater State University for Senior Day at the Holderness School on Saturday (1 p.m.).

            The conference office will announce the six-team, single-elimination championship tournament that starts on Tuesday (October 16) after the completion of all regular season matches this weekend.