SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team won for the second straight day on Sunday, knocking off American International College, 7-2, during Northeast-10 Conference action at Springfield Central High School. The Purple Knights are now 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the league, while the Yellow Jackets are 0-2 and 0-2.
In a match during which AIC defaulted at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles, Saint Michael's entered the day holding a 2-0 lead and still had a 3-1 advantage following doubles play. Senior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) earned an 8-0 win in the second position.
The visitors captured four singles matches, yielding a total of seven games in those victories. Junior Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) blanked her opponent at No. 5, senior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) dropped just one game in the fourth spot, and Kellogg won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. In the third slot, senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) notched a 6-1, 6-3 victory for the 41st win of her career, tying former teammate Alex Dalton '13 for fourth in program annals.
Saint Michael's returns home on Tuesday to take on regionally-ranked Merrimack College at 3 p.m. The Warriors, who stand sixth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region rankings, won last year's NE-10 Championship before competing in the NCAA Tournament.