Purple Knights down Franklin Pierce during NE-10 road match

Purple Knights down Franklin Pierce during NE-10 road match

RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team knocked off Franklin Pierce University, 7-2, on Sunday during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights improved to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the league, while the Ravens are 2-8 and 2-7.

Saint Michael's swept its way through doubles to nab a 3-0 lead heading into singles. Junior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and first-year Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) improved to 3-0 together with an 8-3 victory in the second spot, while senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) picked up a 9-7 victory at No. 1.

In the third position, senior Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and sophomore Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) finished off a 9-8 (8-6) triumph to remain perfect in two matches together.

Three Purple Knights won in straight sets during singles, as Kruger yielded only one game at No. 5 and Ramsay led 6-1, 5-0 in the second spot before her opponent retired. By virtue of a 6-3, 6-1 final, Kellogg clinched her team's win with a victory at No. 1. Weeks completed a three-hour match the victor by a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-5 decision in the fourth spot, and sophomore Melissa Collins (Medford, Mass./Matignon) won her opening set in the sixth position before falling by a 1-6, 6-3, 10-5 count.

The Purple Knights host Merrimack College on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. The Warriors were ranked 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.