COLCHESTER, Vt. - In its first home match since last April, the Saint Michael's College women's tennis team suffered a 6-3 loss to Adelphi University on Saturday in the Tarrant Recreation Center. The Purple Knights slipped to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Panthers are 3-3 and 2-0.
Junior captains Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) earned the hosts' lone doubles point, claiming an 8-4 victory in the second position. Sophomores Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) came closest to winning another doubles match for Saint Michael's but were bested at No. 1 by an 8-5 count.
In singles play, Martin posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 6 before junior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) finished off her foe in the fifth spot, 6-4, 3-6, 10-5, during her season debut. Toutoungi lost her opening set at No. 4 just 6-4 during an eventual straight-set loss, and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) was able to corral six points in a setback at No. 2 against the 13th-ranked player in the region.
The Purple Knights begin a four-match Spring Break trip to Orlando, Fla., by opposing Colorado College next Sunday at 8 a.m.