Women's tennis closes 2016 season with Senior Day loss to regionally-ranked SNHU

Women's tennis closes 2016 season with Senior Day loss to regionally-ranked SNHU

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team capped its 2016 season by losing to regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 9-0, on Thursday during Senior Day at the Tarrant Recreation Center. The Purple Knights ended their first year under head coach Mark Ellingson at 6-8 overall and 5-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference, the program's best marks since 2014, while playing for the third straight day. The Penmen, who were seventh in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, are 10-2 and 9-2.

All four Purple Knight seniors made appearances during the match, with three pulling double duty with singles and doubles competitions. Senior Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and first-year Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) finished the year just under .500 at 6-7 by suffering an 8-4 loss at No. 1 doubles. Seniors Riley Kruger (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Marissa Landry (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) sided for the fifth time in their career while falling 8-2 in the third position.

During the Purple and Gold's other doubles match, junior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and first-year Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) lost 8-3, concluding the fall at 5-3.

Weeks captured her opening set at No. 4 singles before losing a 1-6, 6-2, 10-5 decision, taking a set from a Penman that had won each of her last eight sets entering the day. Landry made her fourth career singles appearance - and first of the season - with an 8-3 loss in the sixth spot, while Kellogg closed out her career with a straight-set loss at No. 1. It was the 107th decision of her career, as Kellogg finished with a 57-50 mark between singles and doubles.

Kruger capped a two-year tenure in Purple and Gold with a pro-set loss at No. 5, and senior Colleen O'Keefe (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) lost in straight sets in the third spot. Kellogg and Ramsay led the squad with 11 victories apiece this fall, while Kruger and Weeks tied for third with 10. O'Keefe matched a career high in singles wins.