MELROSE, MA - The Merrimack women's tennis team defeated The College of Saint Rose 9-0 Friday afternoon at the Bellevue Country Club. The Warriors rise to 8-10 overall and 7-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the win. The Golden Knights dip to 4-7 on the year and in the league.
"We played extremely well today in all aspects and I am very proud of the way we battled," said head coach Sean Tully. "We have just four matches left until the playoffs and I am pleased with our efforts lately and we will look to keep things going in the positive direction."
Merrimack claimed all three doubles matches to lead 3-0 at the midway point. The Warriors' top pair of Alyx Barnes (Portsmouth, RI) and Courtney Garvey (Woburn, MA) prevailed 8-2. Kara Hole (Portsmouth, RI) and Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, MA) earned an 8-2 victory at the No. 2 position. Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Erin McMahon (Wilmington, MA) captured an 8-1 win at the third slot.
Merrimack completed the sweep with six singles victories on the day.
Messina rebounded to triumph 10-2 in a third-set super-tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets at the top spot. Hole cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the second position while Garvey breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 3 slot.
Barnes earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the No. 4 position. Fitzgerald and McMahon each prevailed in eight-game pro-sets on the day.
The Warriors will host Southern NH in the final home event of the regular season April 7.
1. Barnes/Garvey (MER) def. Crego/Reed (STR) 8-2
2. Hole/Fitzgerald (MER) def. Romine/Terreble (STR) 8-2
3. Messina/McMahon (MER) def. Hadaad/Robinson (STR) 8-1
1. Messina (MER) def. Crego (STR) 6-3, 1-6, 10-2
2. Hole (MER) def. Reed (STR) 6-1, 6-1
3. Garvey (MER) def. Romine (STR) 6-0, 6-0
4. Barnes (MER) def. Terreble (STR) 6-2, 6-3
5. Fitzgerald (MER) def. Szklank (STR) 8-0
6. McMahon (MER) def. Moran (STR) 8-5