NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack women's tennis team earned a 7-2 win over Assumption Sunday afternoon. The Warriors improve to 2-1 on the year and in the Northeast-10 Conference. Merrimack will carry its 2-1 conference mark into the spring as the fall schedule wraps up with the Fairfield Invitational tournament October 16-17.
Merrimack opened the match with three doubles wins to claim a 3-0 lead. Kara Hole (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, Mass.) teamed up to capture an 8-5 victory at the top spot. The pair of Courtney Garvey (Woburn, Mass.) and Alyx Barnes (Portsmouth, N.H.) cruised to an 8-1 win at the No. 2 slot. Katie Veasey (Atkinson, N.H.) and Kylie Waddington (South Glastonbury, Conn.) picked up an 8-4 win in the No. 3 position.
The Warriors earned four victories in singles action en route to the 7-2 win. Hole claimed a 6-3, 7-6 victory at the top slot. At the No. 2 spot, Garvey breezed past Assumption's Grace Fox, winning all 12 games. Barnes glided through the first set 6-1 and pulled out the second set 7-6 at the No. 3 position.
Waddington rounded out the singles wins for Merrimack, capturing a 6-4, 6-4 win at the fifth singles slot. Fitzgerald and Siobhan Licudine both dropped three set decisions. Each player lost the first set but bounced back to win the second to force a third set.
"The women have come together in a short time to really become a team. Their work ethic is strong and we are very proud of their effort to this point," said head coach Chris Stevens.
Kara Hole/Mollie Fitzgerald (M) defeated Erica Micciche/Meghan Hall (A) 8-5
Courtney Garvey/Alyx Barnes (M) defeated Grace Fox/Paige Gilet (A) 8-1
Katie Veasey/Kylie Waddington (M) defeated Alexandra Rahal/Allie Plack (A) 8-4
Hole (M) defeated Micciche (A) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Garvey (M) defeated Fox (A) 6-0, 6-0
Barnes (M) defeated Hall (A) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
Gilet (A) defeated Fitzgerald (M) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Waddington (M) defeated Rahal (A) 6-4, 6-3
Christine Malanga (A) defeated Siobhan Licudine (M) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1