COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team lost to perennial regional power Southern New Hampshire University, 6-3, on Tuesday during Northeast-10 Conference play at the SMC Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights are now 4-3 both overall and in the league, while the Penmen are 4-1 and 4-1. Southern New Hampshire, which was ranked 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, qualified for the past five NCAA Tournaments.
Saint Michael's only trailed 2-1 after doubles, as senior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) claimed an 8-2 victory in the third position. In their first match together, junior Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and first-year Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) came the closest to winning another point, losing 8-4 at No. 2.
The Penmen proceeded to win four singles matches to claim the victory. Senior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) had the Purple Knights' most decisive win, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6, while classmate Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) notched a 6-1, 6-4 triumph in the third spot. Senior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) won her opening set at No. 4 before dropping a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 decision.
The Purple Knights hit the road for a two-match trip to New York this weekend, first heading to Le Moyne College on Saturday to play at 12 p.m.