RINDGE, N.H. - Senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) broke the Saint Michael's College women's tennis career record for singles victories, and the Purple Knights closed out their regular season with a 9-0 triumph over Franklin Pierce University on Saturday in the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Activity Center. Now 8-4 overall and 8-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, Saint Michael's claimed a spot in the six-team NE-10 Championship, which begins on Oct. 21, for the 16th time in as many seasons since the league went to a team tournament format. The Ravens are 1-11 and 1-11.
With an 8-2 win in a pro-set at the No. 3 position, Benoit picked up her 48th career singles win, against just 20 losses, to surpass the prior school standard of 47 that was shared by Shannon Bergin '05, a member of the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame, and Marran Ranks '11.
During doubles play, the visitors lost a total of eight games, with the tandems of seniors Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate)/Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) and senior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow)/sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) claiming 8-1 victories at the first and third positions, respectively. At No. 2, juniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) held on for an 8-6 victory.
Aside from Benoit's win in singles action, Bundrick and Kellogg won 6-0, 6-0 decisions at No. 1 and 2, respectively, while Toutoungi and Sulkin blanked their foes during pro-sets at five and six, respectively. Martin battled through the closest decision of the day, earning a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win in the fourth position.
Saint Michael's, which capped a run of three matches in four days, will find out in the coming week both its opponent and the site for the opening round of the NE-10 Championship.