COLCHESTER, Vt. - Three players won twice apiece, and the Saint Michael's College women's tennis team downed The College of Saint Rose, 6-3, on Sunday in the Tarrant Recreation Center. While completing a two-match weekend, the Purple Knights improved to 1-2 both overall and in the Northeast-10 Conference this fall en route to sending the Golden Knights to 0-3 and 0-3.
Saint Michael's nabbed a 2-1 edge during doubles, with the two victorious tandems winning by identical 8-5 scores. Senior Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) and sophomore Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) teamed in the second spot, while juniors Marissa Landry (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) and Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) sided at No. 3. The win was the first as a collegian for Landry in either singles or doubles play.
Singles play saw the Purple Knights win in each the No. 3 through 6 positions, with Weeks clinching the team triumph with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 5 for the Purple and Gold's fifth point. Sulkin dropped only three games in the third spot and O'Keefe lost just two at No. 4, while junior Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) won 6-1, 6-4 in the sixth position. During her first season of college tennis, Kruger claimed the initial victory of her career.
Junior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) suffered a 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 setback in the No. 2 spot, while senior Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) fell 6-1, 6-4 in the top spot.
Saint Michael's hits the road for a pair of matches next weekend, beginning on Saturday at regionally-ranked Adelphi University at 10 a.m. The Panthers, who were eighth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, won the 2014 NE-10 regular-season crown.