Women’s Tennis Tops Pace 8-1 for Third-Straight Win

MT. KISCO, NY- The Merrimack women's tennis team earned an 8-1 victory at Pace Saturday afternoon at the Saw Mill Club. The Warriors improve to 7-9 on the year and 6-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Setters fall to 0-10 overall and in league play with the loss.

"We have been playing really well and I was very pleased with our play today," said head coach Sean Tully. "I was proud of the way our team competed and battled back to force third sets. We have an important match ahead of us tomorrow."

Merrimack sported a 2-1 lead at the beginning of singles play after claiming a pair of doubles wins. Courtney Garvey (Woburn, MA) and Alyx Barnes (Portsmouth, NH) suffered an 8-3 loss at the top position. Kara Hole (Portsmouth, RI) and Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, MA) glided to an 8-1 victory at the No. 2 slot. Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Katie Veasey (Atkinson, NH) picked up an 8-3 win at the third doubles spot.

The Warriors prevailed in all six singles matches to secure their fourth-consecutive conference victory.

Messina rebounded from dropping the first set 6-4 to claim the second 6-2. The rookie triumphed at the No. 1 singles position with a 10-4 win in a third-set super-tiebreaker. Hole won the first seven games at the No. 2 spot before her opponent retired. Garvey cruised to 6-0, 6-0 victory at the third singles slot.

Barnes picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win at the No. 4 slot. Fitzgerald bounced back from losing the first set 6-4 at the No. 5 position to prevail 6-0 in the second and 10-3 in the third-set super-tiebreaker. Erin McMahon (Wilmington, MA) rolled to an 8-0 win in an eight-game pro-set at the sixth spot.

Merrimack will visit Adelphi April 1 before returning home to host The College of Saint Rose and Southern NH April 6 and 7.

1. Mrazova/Plakhotnaya (PAC) def. Barnes/Garvey (MER) 8-3
2. Hole/Fitzgerald (MER) def. Gore/Gross (PAC) 8-1
3. Messina/Veasey (MER) def. Bochi/Pittore (PAC) 8-3

1. Messina (MER) def. Mrazova (PAC) 4-6, 6-2, 10-4
2. Hole (MER) def. Bochi (PAC) 6-0, 1-0 (ret.)
3. Garvey (MER) def. Pittore (PAC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Barnes (MER) def. Gore (PAC) 6-3, 6-1
5. Fitzgerald (MER) def. Gross (PAC) 4-6, 6-0, 10-3
6. McMahon (MER) def. Wnuk (PAC) 8-0