COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team moved into a tie for fourth place in the Northeast-10 Conference with a 7-2 victory over Assumption College on Wednesday in the Tarrant Recreation Center. The Purple Knights are now 7-3 overall and in the league with two matches to play, while the Greyhounds slipped to 5-7 and 5-5.
During the match, senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) won her 47th career singles match to tie the program record. With a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 triumph at No. 3 singles, Benoit tied a mark previously shared by Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame member Shannon Bergin '05 and Marran Ranks '11.
The Purple Knights nabbed a 2-1 lead during doubles, positioning themselves to need only to split singles to claim the match. Sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) notched an 8-2 win in the third position, and senior captains Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) earned an 8-5 victory at No. 1.
In a singles round that involved lengthy matches at the top four positions, Martin began play with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 comeback victory at No. 4 before Benoit dispatched of her third-position foe. At No. 1, junior Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) worked through a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 triumph to clinch the match. Toutoungi later earned a 6-1, 6-4 win in the fifth spot, while junior Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) claimed a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 6 against a Greyhound that had been unbeaten in five matches from that position this season. Kellogg rounded out the Purple Knights' singles competitors, as she twice lost in tie-breakers at No. 2, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5).
The Purple Knights conclude their regular-season home slate on Friday against regionally-ranked Adelphi University at 2:30 p.m. for Senior Day. The Panthers, who were last year's NE-10 Championship runner up, are ranked eighth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.