No. 5 women's tennis falls to No. 4 Merrimack during NE-10 first round

No. 5 women's tennis falls to No. 4 Merrimack during NE-10 first round

MIDDLETON, Mass. - The fifth-seeded Saint Michael's College women's tennis team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday in a 5-0 loss at No. 4 Merrimack College during the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship at the Northeast Tennis Center. The Purple Knights slipped to 8-5, having qualified for the tournament for the 16th consecutive season since the league introduced a team format in 1999-2000. The Warriors, who were also ranked sixth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, are 10-4.

In doubles play, Saint Michael's came closest to taking a point at No. 3, but sophomore Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) suffered a narrow 9-7 setback. At the other two positions, senior captains Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) closed out their careers with an 8-1 loss at No. 1, and juniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) fell by an 8-2 count in the second position.

Bundrick went up against the 10th-ranked singles player in the ITA East Region during that portion of the match, losing a 6-2, 6-0 decision, while senior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) did not win a game during her contest at No. 3. Despite the setback, Benoit will graduate as the program's all-time leader in career singles wins (48) while tying Mandy Puskas '01 for eighth in singles winning percentage (.696). Martin (65) and Toutoungi (63) neared the program's top 10 for career victories during singles and doubles play combined.