LATHAM, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team capped a two-match weekend road trip to New York with an 8-1 victory over The College of Saint Rose on Sunday at Tri-City Fitness. The Purple Knights improved to 6-3 overall and 6-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Golden Knights are 2-10 and 1-9.
Saint Michael's lost a total of two games while sweeping doubles, including as seniors Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) blanked their foes in the No. 1 position. Juniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) claimed an 8-1 win in the second spot, and senior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) followed suit at No. 3.
Five Purple Knights won during singles play, yielding a total of six games in those matches. Kellogg shut out her opponent at No. 2, senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) dropped just one game in the third spot, and Martin downed a Golden Knight, 6-1, 6-2, at the fourth position. Benoit's victory was the 46th of her career, leaving her one shy of matching a program record shared by Shannon Bergin '05 and Marran Ranks '11.
During the remainder of singles, Toutoungi won a pro-set, 8-0, at No. 5, and Sulkin nabbed an 8-2 victory in the sixth spot. At No. 1, Bundrick lost a pair of close sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Saint Michael's closes the regular season this coming week with three matches, including two at home. The Purple and Gold hosts Assumption College on Wednesday at 3 p.m.