Women’s Tennis Drops Regular Season Finale at Stonehill, 8-1

EASTON, MA- The Merrimack women's tennis team wrapped up the 2011-12 regular season with an 8-1 loss at Stonehill Friday afternoon. The Warriors move to 9-13 overall and 8-5 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the result. The Skyhawks vault to 14-4 on the year and 12-1 in league play with the win.

"We battled hard today against a very good team and we had a few tight matches," said head coach Sean Tully. "We have the playoffs ahead of us and we will work hard to prepare for the first round."

Merrimack will enter the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face the third-seeded squad in the quarterfinals. The Warriors have reached the playoffs in each of the past five seasons.

Stonehill swept the three doubles matches to sport a 3-0 lead heading into singles action.

Courtney Garvey (Woburn, MA) and Alyx Barnes (Portsmouth, NH) absorbed an 8-1 loss at the top spot. Kara Hole (Portsmouth, RI) and Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, MA) were edged 8-6 in a tiebreaker to fall 9-8 at the No. 2 position. Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Erin McMahon (Wilmington, MA) suffered an 8-1 setback at the third slot.

Stonehill sealed the win with five singles points on the day.

Messina tallied Merrimack's lone victory on the afternoon, prevailing 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in a three-set match at the No. 1 spot. Hole dropped a three-set decision at the second position, falling 6-2 in the first and third sets while claiming a 6-4 win in the second frame.

Garvey suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss at the No. 3 slot while Barnes fell 6-0, 6-1 at the fourth spot. Fitzgerald endured an 8-4 setback at the No. 5 position and McMahon dropped an 8-1 decision at the sixth match.

Merrimack will await to learn of its first-round opponent in the Northeast-10 Tournament. The quarterfinals are slated for Wednesday, April 18.

1. Frost/Hickey (STO) def. Garvey/Barnes (MER) 8-1
2. Harrow/Brooks (STO) def. Hole/Fitzgerald (MER) 9-8 (6)
3. Lawrence/Toegemann (STO) def. Messina/McMahon (MER) 8-1

1. Messina (MER) def. Toegemann (STO) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
2. Gilligan (STO) def. Hole (MER) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. Frost (STO) def. Garvey (MER) 6-2, 6-2
4. Hickey (STO) def. Barnes (MER) 6-0, 6-1
5. Lawrence (STO) def. Fitzgerald (MER) 8-4
6. Brooks (STO) def. McMahon (MER) 8-1