MANCHESTER, N.H. - In a match that featured three close doubles results, the Saint Michael's College women's tennis team opened its season with a 5-2 loss to Saint Anselm College on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference play at the Saint Anselm Outdoor Tennis Courts. The Hawks are 2-0 overall after also competing in their league opener.
The Purple Knights trailed 2-1 after doubles, but only after three tight matches. Junior Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and first-year Melissa Collins (Medford, Mass./Matignon) debuted as a tandem with a 9-8 (7-5) triumph in the No. 3 position, while seniors Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) lost by a narrow 9-7 decision in the top spot.
The lengthiest contest of the day came at No. 2, as junior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and sophomore Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) were on the losing end of a 9-8 match that was decided only after the tie-breaker concluded at 20-18. Sulkin's sister was on the Hawks' winning tandem.
In singles play, Sulkin picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3, but Saint Anselm closed out three other matches with victories to clinch the team triumph. A shortness of daylight prevented the other two matches from finishing despite O'Keefe leading 7-5, 5-2 in the fourth position and standing one game from a win. Weeks lost her opening set in the fifth slot, 7-6 (7-4), but led 4-3 in the second during her collegiate singles debut.
The Purple Knights host a pair of NE-10 contests this weekend, beginning on Saturday against Le Moyne College at 12 p.m.