COLCHESTER, Vt. - After narrowly dropping a swing match that would have given it the lead after doubles, the Saint Michael's College women's tennis team lost a 7-2 decision to Bentley University on Wednesday at the SMC Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights fell to 2-4 overall and in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Falcons are 3-1 and 3-1.
Senior Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and junior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) won by an 8-6 count at No. 1 doubles, while Bentley won at No. 3. Saint Michael's nearly took a 2-1 edge into singles play, but senior Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) and sophomore Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) dropped a 9-7 decision in the second position.
Bundrick was the lone Purple Knight to come out victorious during singles, nabbing a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 1. Sulkin lost a close opening set in a 7-5, 6-0 loss in the third spot, but Falcons surrendered just 10 games in the other four singles matches, all straight-set triumphs by the visitors.
The Purple Knights conclude a three-match homestand this weekend, beginning on Saturday with a 12 p.m. match against regionally-ranked Stonehill College. The Skyhawks were sixth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll and qualified for six of the past seven NCAA Tournaments.