MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team fell in three of four close matches against Saint Anselm College on Tuesday en route to suffering a 6-3 loss during Northeast-10 Conference play at the South Tennis Courts. The Purple Knights are 4-6 overall and 3-5 in the league, while the Hawks are 4-4 and 3-4.
Junior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) and first-year Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) teamed for an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles to nab the Purple and Gold's lone point in that segment of the match. The visitors' other two duos both suffered 8-4 setbacks, with junior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and sophomore Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) combining in the top spot and senior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) joining at No. 3.
Sumner eased to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in the fifth singles slot while Weeks ground out a 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 10-3 win at No. 4. It was the second lengthy match of her career against the Hawks, having fallen during doubles play as a sophomore by a 9-8 (20-18) count. Sophomore Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) was one of four Purple Knights to fall in straight sets, losing a 7-5, 6-4 decision at No. 6. De Pont was also among them, being defeated by the fourth-ranked singles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll at No. 1.
Saint Michael's hits the road for two matches this weekend, first visiting the University of New Haven on Saturday at 9 a.m.