Women's tennis posts handful of close decisions in loss to defending NE-10 champ Stonehill

EASTON, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team capped a run of three matches in four days with a 9-0 loss to regionally-ranked Stonehill College on Wednesday at the Charles Watt Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights slipped to 7-7 overall and 5-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Skyhawks, who won last year's NE-10 Championship and have qualified for the past five NCAA Tournaments, are 16-5 and 10-1. Stonehill is ninth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.

The Purple Knights nearly took a doubles match in the No. 2 position, but sophomores Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) fell by a narrow 9-7 count. Junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) absorbed an 8-5 setback at No. 3.

During singles, Stonehill completed the sweep, but not without challenges from the Purple Knights. Bundrick led 4-3 during the second set of a 6-0, 6-4 loss at No. 1 to the 20th-ranked singles player in the region, and Kellogg lost 6-3, 6-4 in the second spot. Junior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) trailed just 4-3 during the second set of a 6-0, 6-3 setback at No. 3, and classmate Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) led 2-1 in her second set before trailing just 4-3 and coming up short 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4. Sulkin dropped her opening set by a 6-4 count in a loss in the fifth spot, and junior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) led 5-4 late in the first set before losing her match 7-5, 6-3.

Saint Michael's is back in action at the University of New Haven on Saturday at 11 a.m.