COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team downed Saint Anselm College, 8-1, on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference play at the SMC Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights improved to 4-2 overall and 4-2 in the league, while the Hawks are now 3-3 and 3-3.
The Purple and Gold nabbed a 3-0 lead after doubles play. Juniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) picked up an 8-1 victory in the No. 2 position, sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) notched an 8-3 win at three, and seniors Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) finished the sweep by holding on for an 8-6 triumph in the top spot.
Three Purple Knights earned quick singles wins to clinch the match for their squad, as Kellogg did not lose a game at No. 2, senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) dropped only one game in the third spot, and Martin won a pair of 6-1 sets at No. 4. Sulkin won a fifth-position pro-set, 8-3, and sophomore Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) claimed the final two points of an 8-6 win at No. 6. Bundrick suffered a narrow 7-5 setback during the opening set in the first slot during an eventual straight-set loss.
The Purple Knights next play next Tuesday when they host Southern New Hampshire University at 3 p.m. The Penmen, who have qualified for the past five NCAA Tournaments, were 10th in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.