Women's tennis wins fourth straight, finishes regular season with victory over AIC

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team completed its regular-season slate with a 7-2 victory over American International College on Wednesday in the Tarrant Recreation Center. The Purple Knights are 11-7 and finished Northeast-10 Conference play at 9-3, losing no more than three league matches for the 15th time in 16 years. Saint Michael's has clinched a spot in next week's six-team NE-10 Championship, whose seeds will be announced later this week, with the opening round occurring on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets finished the year 4-9 and 4-8.

The Purple and Gold won its fourth straight match, each of which occurred during a five-day span. Juniors Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) claimed an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles, while classmate Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) earned an 8-0 win in the third spot, and the hosts took a 2-1 lead into singles action.

The lone doubles tandem to lose was sophomore Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), who fell by an 8-4 count to an AIC duo that completed the school year with a 10-2 record during NE-10 action.

Five Purple Knights earned quick singles victories to finish off the team triumph. Kellogg downed a player who had been 11-4 in singles by a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 2, Martin won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3, and junior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) shut out her foe in the fourth spot to become just the sixth player in program history with 40 career singles wins. She is tied with Kelly Spelman '00 for fifth place. Sulkin won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5, and Toutoungi claimed an 8-0 pro-set in the sixth spot. At No. 1, Bundrick lost in straight sets to a player who improved to 14-2 on the year.