COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team opened its season with an 8-1 loss to Colby-Sawyer College on Sunday at the SMC Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights were playing their first match under new head coach Mark Ellingson, while the Chargers improved to 2-1.
Saint Michael's dropped all three doubles matches, with junior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) teaming for the closest result, an 8-5 setback in the second position. Seniors Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Marissa Landry (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) suffered an 8-4 defeat at No. 3 in their second match ever siding together.
Senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) picked up the Purple Knights' lone victory on the day, claiming a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 comeback triumph at No. 1 singles. It was just her fourth career appearance in the top spot, and first since April 6, 2014. Ramsay fell by a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 count during a lengthy college singles debut at No. 2, while senior Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) nearly rallied to force a third set in a 6-2, 7-5 loss at No. 3. Kruger and first-year Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) both had narrow 6-4 losses during straight-set defeats in the fifth and sixth positions, respectively.
The Purple Knights remain at home while opening Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday by taking on Saint Anselm College at 3:30 p.m.