COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team kicked off a two-match home weekend with an 8-1 loss to regionally-ranked Adelphi University on Saturday at the SMC Tennis Courts during Northeast-10 Conference play.
The Purple Knights slipped to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the league, while the Panthers, who have now won 33 of their last 34 regular-season NE-10 matches, are 4-1 and 4-1. Adelphi is fifth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll and qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments.
Saint Michael's nearly picked up a point during doubles play, as senior Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and first-year Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) were on the losing end of an 8-6 match in the third position. The tandems of senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake)/first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and senior Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley)/junior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) lost at No. 1 and 2, respectively.
Sumner accounted for the Purple Knights' point, claiming an 8-5 pro-set victory in the sixth singles position to move to 3-1 at that slot this fall. Kellogg lost by a 6-3, 6-4 count at No. 1, while three others lost in straight sets, and Kruger was defeated in a pro-set at No. 5.
The Purple Knights host the University of New Haven tomorrow at 12 p.m. to cap a three-match homestand.