COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team opened its 2014 season with a 6-3 victory over the University of New Haven on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference action in the Tarrant Recreation Center. The Chargers also began their campaign.
Saint Michael's took a 2-1 edge after doubles, with its No. 2 and No. 3 tandems claiming 8-4 victories. Senior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) teamed in the third spot to give their school an early advantage, and juniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) later snapped a 1-1 tie with a victory in the third position.
The Purple Knights won their first three completed singles matches to clinch the team win. Kellogg yielded only one game in the second spot before senior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) earned a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 4. Classmate Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) picked up the fifth point after dropping just one game at No. 6.
Bundrick followed with a narrow 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) loss in the first position, and senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) dropped a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 3 before Sulkin nabbed a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 5.
The Purple Knights jump back into action for their second of three matches in four days tomorrow at American International College at 12 p.m.