Women's tennis turns away Bentley rally, claims 5-4 NE-10 victory

HAVERHILL, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team reached double-digit wins for the 10th consecutive season and for the 15th time in 16 years on Tuesday, holding on for a 5-4 victory over Bentley University during Northeast-10 Conference action at Cedardale Athletic Club. The Purple Knights, who were slated to finish one spot behind the Falcons in the NE-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, improved to 10-7 overall and 8-3 in the league. Bentley is 7-9 and 6-4.

With singles beginning first, the Purple Knights took four matches, with one doubles match being concluded prior to singles being completed. Junior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, classmate Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) claimed a 6-2, 6-0 decision in the fourth position, sophomore Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) earned a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at No. 5, and junior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) took a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the sixth spot.

With their team up 4-1, Sulkin and junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) lost 8-5 at No. 3 doubles during their first match together. Back in singles play, first-year Nicole Kellogg's (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) three-hour match at No. 2 came to an end with Kellogg falling 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, and Bentley trailed just 4-3.

Kellogg quickly returned to the court, siding with Bundrick for just their second match as partners, and the duo clinched the team victory with an 8-0 win at No. 2.

The Purple Knights complete their regular-season slate tomorrow by hosting American International College at 3:30 p.m.