HAMILTON, NY- The Merrimack women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision on the road at Colgate Sunday afternoon. The Warriors sink to 3-4 on the year while the Raiders improve to 3-5 overall.
The hosts swept the three doubles matches to claim a 1-0 lead entering singles play. Merrimack's top pair of Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Kara Hole (Portsmouth, RI) fell 8-2 at the No. 1 position. At the second spot, Courtney Garvey (Woburn, MA) and Alyx Barnes (Portsmouth, NH) suffered an 8-2 loss. Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, MA) and Erin McMahon (Wilmington, MA) also lost 8-2 at the No. 3 doubles position.
Messina dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision at the top singles slot to Colgate's Alex Petrini while Hole fell 6-2, 6-4 at the second position. Garvey was edged 7-5 in the second set after losing the first 6-1 at the No. 3 singles match.
"Our team battled today against a very good opponent. Playing against a team of this caliber will benefit us as we resume conference play," said head coach Sean Tully.
The Warriors return to the courts March 11 for a Northeast-10 Conference match at Saint Anselm.
1. Petrini (COL) def. Messina (MER) 6-1, 6-2
2. Shea (COL) def. Hole (MER) 6-2, 6-4
3. Brown (COL) def. Garvey (MER) 6-1, 7-5
4. Wanhainen (COL) def. Barnes (MER) 6-2, 6-2
5. Rock (COL) def. Fitzgerald (MER) 8-0
6. Rauh (COL) def. McMahon (MER) 8-3
1. Petrini/Brown (COL) def. Messina/Hole (MER) 8-2
2. Shea/Wanhainen (COL) def. Garvey/Barnes (MER) 8-2
3. Rock/Finn (COL) def. Fitzgerald/McMahon (MER) 8-2