EASTON, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team completed a two-match weekend in Massachusetts with a 9-0 loss to regionally-ranked Stonehill College on Sunday. The Purple Knights are now 3-2 overall and 3-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Skyhawks are 5-0 and 5-0. Stonehill, which is ninth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, qualified for five of the past six NCAA Tournaments.
Today's match began outside on the Charles Watt Tennis Courts before inclement weather forced a move inside at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex during doubles play. Sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) suffered the narrowest doubles loss for the visitors, with an 8-6 result at No. 3, as Stonehill lost only six other games combined in taking a 3-0 edge into singles.
During singles play, each of the five Purple Knights that played two sets had one close decision, though all ultimately were swept. Junior Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck), senior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and junior Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) each absorbed a 7-5 loss during their matches at No. 1, 4 and 5, respectively, while Kellogg and senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) suffered second-set 6-4 setbacks in the second and third positions, respectively. Senior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) played to an 8-6 decision in a pro-set at No. 6.
Saint Michael's plays its next two matches at home, beginning on Wednesday against Saint Anselm College at 3 p.m.