CANTON, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team returned to action for the first time since Oct. 5 with a 7-2 setback to regionally-ranked Saint Lawrence University on Sunday in Newell Field House. The Purple Knights kicked off a 15-match second-semester slate while slipping to 2-1. The Saints, who are tied for 20th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Division III Northeast Region rankings, moved to 2-0 while winning their eighth straight at home.
Saint Lawrence claimed all three doubles matches, with junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) earning the most points by Purple Knights during an 8-4 loss at No. 3. Sophomores Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) lost an 8-3 decision in the top position to the 14th-ranked tandem in the region.
Kellogg earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles, and junior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) picked up a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the sixth spot. Bundrick played a pair of close sets during a 6-3, 6-4 loss at No. 1, while junior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) lost at No. 5 after dropping a narrow 6-4 opening set.
The Purple Knights host Adelphi University for their home opener on March 8, with the Northeast-10 Conference match beginning at 10 a.m.