Women's tennis blanks Franklin Pierce, caps three-match homestand

Women's tennis blanks Franklin Pierce, caps three-match homestand

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team concluded a three-match homestand by blanking Franklin Pierce University, 9-0, on Sunday at the SMC Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights are now 3-5 both overall and in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Ravens slipped to 0-8 and 0-7.

Saint Michael's players lost a total of only 10 games during the match, including just two in doubles play. Senior Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and junior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) blanked their foes at No. 1, while the tandems of senior Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich)/sophomore Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and juniors Marissa Landry (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union)/Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) notched 8-1 victories in the second and third spots, respectively.

All six Purple Knights posted at least one shutout set during singles play, including as Bundrick and Kellogg won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 and 2, respectively. Between singles and doubles play, Bundrick has now won eight consecutive matches. Sulkin and junior Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) each surrendered only one game in the third and sixth positions, respectively, while O'Keefe was victorious by a 6-2, 6-0 count at No. 4. Weeks rounded out the winners, capturing a 6-4, 6-0 decision in the fifth slot.

Saint Michael's hits the road for its next three matches, beginning on Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire University at 3 p.m. The Penmen, who qualified for five of the last six NCAA Tournaments, were ranked seventh in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.