IMMACULATA, Pa. – Penn State Harrisburg's women's tennis team opened its 2019-20 campaign in emphatic fashion with a convincing 8-1 victory at Immaculata on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14.
The Lions (1-0) went 3-for-3 in doubles action and surrendered just three sets across all three contests. Rachael Lim and Sydney Nye rolled to an 8-1 win over IU's Caleigh Masterman and Elizabeth Lipscomb in the top outing, while Elle Mellott and Courtney Bennett handled Annemarie Degnan and Morgan Jacob 8-2 in the No. 2 match. Vaishnavi Datta and Gabrielle Sabatose made it a clean sweep with an 8-0 rolling of Kelly O'Brien and Jessica Dougherty in the third matchup.
Singles play was just as successful for the Blue & White, with Lim going over Masterman 6-4, 6-3 in the first solo contest of her young collegiate career, Nye shaking off an early loss to earn a 5-7, 7-6, 10-7 victory over Jacob in the No. 2 pairing and Datta recording a 6-3, 6-3 win against Degnan in the No. 3 outing.
Bennett came from behind to earn her victory in the fifth matchup, going over Dougherty 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 and Claire Hackenberg capped Penn State Harrisburg's scoring by handling O'Brien 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 6 contest.
The Lions will look to build on the season-opening victory when they travel to Lebanon Valley for another non-conference match on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 19.