SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision to Le Moyne College on Sunday during Northeast-10 Conference play at the Skytop Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights, who are amid a regular-season-ending stretch of five matches in six days, slipped to 6-5 overall and 5-4 in the league. The Dolphins are now 6-8 and 5-6.
Saint Michael's trailed only 2-1 after doubles, with seniors Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) teaming for their first victory together, 9-7, in the third spot to account for their team's point. Senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had the closest other decision, falling by an 8-5 count at No. 1.
In singles play, junior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) put together the narrowest loss on the day, suffering a 7-5, 7-5 setback at No. 4, while O'Keefe lost 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in the third spot. Kruger lost her second set 6-4 in the fifth spot while looking to force a third set during a straight-set loss.
The Purple Knights host their final three regular-season matches, all during a three-day span, beginning on Tuesday against Merrimack College at 3 p.m. The Warriors were ranked 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.