COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team kicked off a regular-season-ending three-day, three-match homestand with an 8-1 loss to regionally-ranked Merrimack College on Tuesday at the SMC Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights, who are amid a run of five matches in six days, slipped to 6-6 overall and 5-5 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Warriors, who sat 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, are 8-4 and 8-4.
The Purple and Gold trailed only 2-1 after doubles, as junior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and first-year Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) notched an 8-4 victory in the second position, improving to 5-1 this fall. Versus a Merrimack tandem that advanced to the ITA East Regional Championship semifinals, senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) fell by an 8-3 count at No. 1.
The Warriors won five singles matches in straight sets and another in a pro-set. Kellogg won two games in the top position versus a player ranked third in the region, who also advanced to the semifinals at the regional championship last week, while Weeks captured three games in the fourth spot.
The Purple Knights host Assumption College tomorrow at 3 p.m.