COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team capped its home slate with a 7-2 loss to regionally-ranked Adelphi University on Friday during Senior Day in Northeast-10 Conference play at the SMC Tennis Courts. With one regular-season match remaining, the Purple Knights are 7-4 overall and in the league, while the Panthers are 13-2 and 11-0. Adelphi, which was ranked eighth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, was the NE-10 Championship runner up last season.
Saint Michael's takes to the road tomorrow to oppose Franklin Pierce University at 12 p.m. during its regular-season finale, and cap a run of three matches in four days. The Purple Knights, who are currently fifth in the league, look to clinch a spot in the six-team NE-10 Championship, which begins on Oct. 21.
The Purple Knights won first in doubles, with senior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) posting an 8-0 victory at No. 3. In a tied match, juniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) rallied from a 6-4 deficit to take an 8-7 lead at No. 2 before their foes won the next game to force a tie-breaker. The Purple Knight duo then pushed out to a 2-1 edge in the tie-breaker before ultimately losing a 9-8 (7-2) decision, and allowing Adelphi to claim a 2-1 advantage.
Sulkin notched the hosts' lone singles victory, claiming a 6-0, 6-0 win in the sixth position. During her final home match, senior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) won the opening set at No. 4 before suffering a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 setback, and classmate Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) lost to the 16th-ranked player in the region at No. 3. Senior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) also competed in the final home match of her career, as the quartet from the Class of 2015 was honored prior to the contest.