GOFFSTOWN, N.H. - In its final road match of the season, the Saint Michael's College women's tennis team lost an 8-1 decision at regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Friday at the Allard Center during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 3-8 overall and in the league, while the Penmen won their seventh straight in improving to 8-1 and 8-1. Southern New Hampshire, which qualified for five of the last six NCAA Tournaments, was seventh in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.
Junior Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and sophomore Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) improved to 2-0 as a tandem this season with an 8-6 triumph in the No. 2 doubles position, defeating a Penmen duo that had been 6-1 on the year. Senior Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and junior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) dropped an 8-2 decision in the top spot, while juniors Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Marissa Landry (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) fell at No. 3.
The Purple Knights had a trio of close results during singles, including as Bundrick won her opening set in the first position during an eventual 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-2 loss. Kellogg suffered a 6-4, 6-2 defeat at No. 2 against a player that improved to 20-0 in her career during NE-10 singles play, while O'Keefe lost a 6-3, 7-5 decision in the third spot.
Saint Michael's concludes its season on Saturday when it hosts American International College for a Senior Day match at 12:30 p.m.