MANCHESTER, N.H. – With her team needing one more singles victory, freshman Anastasia Kapothanasis (Westbrook, Maine) delivered a match-clinching victory at No. 3 singles to propel the Saint Anselm College women's tennis team to a 4-3 win over Plymouth State University on Monday.
The Hawks improve to 1-1 on the season while the Panthers fall to 1-1 after their season-opening victory against Bridgewater State University. Saint Anselm returns to Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. versus Bentley.
With Saint Anselm leading by a 3-2 margin, Kapothanasis picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Plymouth State's Megan Marshall at No. 3 singles. The win was the first of her career and helped the Hawks snap a five-match losing streak that dated back to last season.
Senior Kaitlin Hughes (Rockland, Mass.) and sophomore Emily Jacy (Glastonbury, Conn.) partnered at No. 1 doubles to record a 6-2 victory. Hughes moves into sole possession of second place all-time with her 21st win at No. 1 doubles and stands fourth all-time with 34 career doubles victories.
The Hawks clinched the matches' doubles point with a key 6-4 win by the tandem of Kapothanasis and junior Maikah Bulpitt (Cumberland, R.I.) at the second doubles flight.
With a retirement for Saint Anselm at No. 6 singles, Hughes yielded only one game in her 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles to draw singles play even. A Plymouth State victory at No. 5 singles was countered with Jacy's 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles, setting up the Kapothanasis win at No. 3 singles.