COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team capped a run of three matches in four days with an 8-1 victory over the State University of New York at Plattsburgh on Tuesday at the SMC Tennis Courts. Both teams moved to 3-2 while meeting for the first time since March 2012 in Orlando, Fla., and it was their initial match-up at Saint Michael's since Oct. 2, 2002.
In their team's opener of a three-match homestand, two tandems won in doubles. Senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) improved to 3-1 behind an 8-2 victory at No. 1, and senior Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and junior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) notched a 9-7 win in the second spot. The Purple Knights nearly swept doubles, but seniors Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Marissa Landry (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) lost by a narrow 8-6 margin in the third position during their third career match together after whittling a 7-2 deficit to one game.
The six Purple and Gold singles competitors all won in straight sets, losing a combined 12 games. Kellogg, Weeks and Kruger yielded one game apiece to their No. 1, 4 and 5 opponents, respectively, and O'Keefe earned a 6-1, 6-1 win in the third spot. First-year Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) triumphed 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 after Ramsay collected a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the second spot.
Saint Michael's hosts regionally-ranked Adelphi University on Saturday at 12 p.m., taking on a squad that was fifth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll. The Panthers qualified for the past two NCAA Tournaments and won 44 of their past 45 regular-season NE-10 matches.