GARDEN CITY, N.Y.- The Merrimack women's tennis team suffered a 5-1 loss to Adelphi Monday in the Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Warriors finish the season with an 8-10 overall record after posting an 8-5 mark in the league this season. The No. 3 Panthers improve to 18-3 on the year and advance to the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals.
Adelphi claimed two doubles victories to take a 2-1 lead at the start of singles play. Merrimack's all-conference duo of Kara Hole (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, Mass.) prevailed 8-4 at the No. 2 doubles position.
The Panthers earned three singles wins to capture the 5-1 victory, halting the match. Alyx Barnes (Portsmouth, N.H.), the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, fell 6-0, 7-5 at the No. 3 slot to Adelphi's Carolyn Smith.
The home team's top two singles players, All-Conference second-team selections, Alda Ribeiro and Maria Toft, secured the win for the Panthers. Toft defeated Hole 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1 position. Ribeiro topped Courtney Garvey (Woburn, Mass.) 6-0, 6-3 at the second singles match.
1. Toft/Ribeiro (ADE) def. Garvey/Barnes (MER) 8-1
2. Hole/Fitzgerald (MER) def. Gurda/Redzematoric (ADE) 8-4
3. Smith/Margino (ADE) def. McMahon/Veasey (MER) 8-0
1. Toft (ADE) def. Hole (MER) 6-0,6-0
2. Ribeiro (ADE) def. Garvey (MER) 6-0, 6-3
3. Smith (ADE) def. Barnes (MER) 6-0, 7-5
*Match halted when Adelphi claimed fifth point