Benoit finishes 4-1 at ITA East Regional Championship, makes run to quarterfinals

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) made a run into the quarterfinal round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regional Championship on Sunday, as she and Saint Michael's College women's tennis classmate Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) completed the team's action in the tournament, which was held at the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center.

Benoit and Toutoungi competed in the 88-player "B" singles draw, as Benoit went 4-1 during the weekend as one of the final eight standing, and Toutoungi made it as far as the third round.

Sunday consisted of Benoit downing a third-round opponent from Holy Family University, 8-2, and picking up an 8-3 win against a foe from Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Southern New Hampshire University, which has qualified for the past four NCAA Tournaments. In the quarterfinals, Benoit fell by an 8-3 count to a member of the Concordia (N.Y.) College team, which has also competed in the past four NCAA Tournaments.

After earning a first-round bye and picking up a second-round victory on Saturday, Toutoungi's tournament ended with an 8-2 setback in the third round versus a player from Chestnut Hill College who was a semifinalist in the 2011 ITA East Regional Championship's "B" draw and had eliminated another Purple Knight during Saturday's first round.

Saint Michael's returns to dual match action on Saturday, Oct. 6, against the visiting University of New Haven in NE-10 play at 10 a.m.