WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team opened a two-match weekend in Massachusetts by downing Bentley University, 9-0, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play at the Bentley Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights are now 3-1 overall and in the league, while the Falcons are 1-3 and 1-3.
The visitors dropped only six games during doubles action to forge a 3-0 lead. Senior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) blanked their foes at No. 3, juniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) yielded just two games in the second position, and seniors Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) picked up an 8-4 victory in the top spot.
Singles play saw senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) capture a 7-5, 7-5 decision in the third position for the 42nd singles victory of her career, tying Kate Harrison '02 for third in program history. Kellogg lost only one game at No. 2, and Martin won 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth spot. Sulkin endured a first-set tie-breaker before finishing off a 7-6 (11-9), 6-1 win in the fifth spot, Bundrick claimed a 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 10-2 triumph at No. 1, and Toutoungi notched a 6-3, 1-6, 10-8 victory at six.
Saint Michael's is at regionally-ranked Stonehill College tomorrow at 12 p.m. The Skyhawks, who have qualified for five of the past six NCAA Tournaments, are ninth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.