Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Women’s Tennis Review

Posted on November 12, 2016 in Sports
By USM Free Press

By River Plouffe Vogel, Free Press Staff

Gorham—The University of Southern Maine’s women’s tennis team had their second home match of the year last Tuesday, Sept.19, against fellow LEC team Plymouth State. The lady Huskies are currently 0-4 on the season and coming off a tough non-conference loss. Although they were not able to secure their first team win of the season, the Huskies showed some signs of life against Plymouth State Tuesday afternoon despite losing as a team 8-1.

The Plymouth State Panthers took all six of the singles matches in the afternoon. In first singles, Irene Ireme (Concord, NH) defeated Mackenzie Colby (Southport, ME/ Boothbay Region) 6-5, and 7-3.  At the number two spot Megan Wallace (Moultonborough, NH) defeated Liz Martin (Naugatuck, CT/ Woodland Regional) 6-3 and 6-1. In third singles, Kelly Corson (Exeter, NH) defeated Rikki Demoranville (Madawaska, ME/ Madawaska) in a close match, 6-4 and 6-3. In the fourth spot, Rachel Gastafson (Belchertown, MA) defeated Courtney Jordan (Portland, ME/ Westbrook) 8-3. In fifth, Alex Dunn (Jaffery, NH) defeated Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, ME/ Gardiner Area) 6-1, and 6-0. And finally in the sixth spot, Megan Wheeler (Manchester, NH) defeated Joanna Schiedegger (Lyss, Switzerland, BFB) 6-1 and 6-4.

In doubles, in the first spot Huskies Colby and Jordan defeated the Panthers’ Ireme and Gustafson 9-8 and 7-0 to notch the Huskies their lone point in the afternoon. However the Panthers put the nail in the coffin when they took both second and third doubles. Plymouth State’s Dunn and Wheeler defeated Martin and Margaret Smith 8-3 in second doubles. And in the third doubles spot Wallace and Corson defeated Huskies’ Demoranville and Scheidegger with a final match score of 8-3.

Huskies coach Tim Lacombe was enthusiastic about the team’s performance and attitude after four tough losses, noting the girls’ work ethic and determination despite a slow start to the season. The ladies will be back on their home court Tuesday, Sep. 27 to take on the University of Massachusetts Boston, eagerly searching for their first win.