Women’s Tennis Wraps Up Fall at New England Invitational

FAIRFIELD, CT – The Merrimack women's tennis team closed out the fall season at the New England Invitational over the weekend hosted by Fairfield University.

Besides the Warriors, other teams competing at the tournament were Connecticut, Hartford, Sacred Heart, Bryant, Providence and the host Stags.

In the No. 1 singles flight, Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) dropped matches to UConn's Jennifer Learmonth, Sacred Heart's Kate Donnelly and Allison Radde of Fairfield.

Kara Hole (Portsmouth, RI) reached the consolation final of the No. 2 singles bracket before falling to Gabi Kaldan 8-2. Hole suffered a loss to Maxene Weinberg in her opening match and earned a berth to the consolation final with a bye.

Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, MA) dropped decisions to Katina Zampas from Hartford, Kristina Chao of Sacred Heart and Natalie Cruz representing Fairfield in the No. 3 singles draw.

In the No. 4 singles flight, Kylie Waddington (South Glastonbury, CT) suffered losses to Bryant's Devlin-Ann Ammendola, Carolina Koladzyn from Fairfield and Hartford's Haley Gileau.

Erin McMahon (Wilmington, MA) advanced to the finals of the consolation bracket of the No. 5 singles draw with a bye in the second round. McMahon fell to the Stags' Victoria Pirrello in the first match.

In the No. 6 singles bracket, Katie Veasey (Atkinson, NH) suffered an opening-round loss to Maggie Tooley from Sacred Heart. Veasey defeated Emily Willhoft in the second round before bowing to Kate McCabe in the consolation finals of the flight.

In the top doubles draw, Messina and Hole dropped matches to tandems from Bryant and Hartford en route to a seventh-place finish.

In the No. 2 doubles flights, Fitzgerald and Waddington suffered losses to pairs representing Fairfield, Providence and Hartford.

McMahon and Veasey posted a 1-1 record in the No. 3 doubles bracket. The duo lost their opening match to Fairfield's Pirrello and Samson. McMahon and Veasey rebounded to claim a victory over a combined twosome of Hartford's Greenberg and Sacred Heart's Haley Dubits.

"We played some tough opponents this weekend and I was proud with the way we battled," said head coach Sean Tully. "I think we had a good fall season and this has set a solid foundation for the spring season."

Merrimack ended the fall slate with a 3-2 overall record. The Warriors will head into the spring sporting a 2-0 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference.

RESULTS
No. 1 Singles
Learmonth (UCONN) def. Messina (MER)
Donnelly (SHU) def. Messina (MER)
Radde (FAIR) def. Messina (MER)

No. 2 Singles
Weinberg (UCONN) def. Hole (MER)
Kaldan (SHU) def. Hole (MER)

No. 3 Singles
Zampas (HART) def. Fitzgerald (MER)
Chao (SHU) def. Fitzgerald (MER)
Cruz (FAIR) def. Fitzgerald (MER)

No. 4 Singles
Ammendola (BRY) def. Waddington (MER)
Koladzyn (FAIR) def. Waddington (MER)
Gileau (HART) def. Waddington (MER)

No. 5 Singles
Pirrello (FAIR) def. McMahon (MER)
Greenberg (HART) def. McMahon (MER)

No. 6 Singles
Tooley (SHU) def. Veasey (MER)
Veasey (MER) def. Willholft (HART)
McCabe (BRY) def. Veasey (MER)

No. 1 Doubles
Hidalgo/Byrd (BRY) def. Messina/Hole (MER)
Liu/Zampas (HART) def. Messina/Hole (MER)

No. 2 Doubles
Cruz/Koladzyn (FAIR) def. Fitzgerald/Waddington (MER)
Ramirez/Corder (PC) def. Fitzgerald/Waddington (MER)
Willhoft/Gileau (HART) def. Fitzgerald/Waddington

No. 3 Doubles
Pirrello/Samson (FAIR) def. McMahon/Veasey (MER)
McMahon/Veasey (MER) def. Greenberg (HART)/Dubits (SHU)