Kruger clinches Purple Knights' 6-3 victory, first win for Coach Ellingson

Kruger clinches Purple Knights' 6-3 victory, first win for Coach Ellingson

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team won its final four singles matches to rally from one point down and defeat Saint Anselm College, 6-3, on Wednesday at the SMC Tennis Courts during each team's Northeast-10 Conference opener. Senior Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) won at No. 5 singles to clinch the triumph, the first of Mark Ellingson's college coaching career. Kruger played high school tennis under Ellingson at nearby Colchester High School. Both teams moved to 1-1 overall on the day.

Saint Michael's nabbed two doubles matches to lead 2-1 heading into singles play. In the top position, senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) earned an 8-3 victory, the first win of Ramsay's college career during the tandem's first appearance together. At No. 3, Kruger and first-year Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) collected a 9-7 victory in that duo's debut. The win was the first of Kruger's doubles career, and Sumner's first in either singles or doubles.

Singles play saw Saint Anselm drop only one game while earning victories in the No. 1 and 4 positions to pull ahead 3-2 in the match. However, senior Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) won by a 6-1, 6-4 count in the third spot to tie the score, Ramsay finished off a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 go-ahead triumph in the second slot, and Kruger registered a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 to clinch the team victory. For good measure, Sumner rallied from one set down in the sixth position to win in a third-set tie-breaker, 2-6, 6-3, 10-3.

Kruger Clinches Victory for Saint Michael's

The Purple Knights head to regionally-ranked Stonehill College on Saturday for an 11 a.m. match. The Skyhawks were sixth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll and qualified for the past eight NCAA Tournaments.