Women's Tennis Cruises Past Franklin Pierce, 8-1

RINDGE, NH – The Merrimack women's tennis team halted their three match losing streak with a dominating 8-1 victory over the Franklin Pierce Ravens on Monday afternoon. With the win, Merrimack is now 5-11 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

"It was a great effort from everyone today," said head coach Sean Tully. "We really needed to end our losing streak and start to play our best tennis of the season down the stretch of the regular season."

The Warriors picked up five of a possible six points in singles action on Monday. In no. 1 singles, Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) dominated her opponent by the score of 6-0, 6-1 while Kara Hole (Portsmouth, RI) continued her stellar play with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kirby Melbourne. Senior Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, Mass.) had an impressive win, downing her opponent by the score of 8-2 while freshman Tiana Dame (Wachusett, Mass.) shutout her opponent by the score of 8-0.

The three doubles pairing for the Warriors each won their matches. In no. 1 doubles, Messina and Alyx Barnes (Portsmouth, NH) fought hard for the 8-6 victory while the veteran pairing of Hole and Fitzgerald won once again by the score of 8-4. The final duo of Warriors, Rachel Muller (North Andover, Mass.) and Katie Veasey (Atkinson, NH) won their match in dominating fashion on Monday by the score of 8-1.

Merrimack returns to the courts on Wednesday, April 10 as they will travel to take on Colby-Sawyer at 3:30 p.m.


1. Shakee Messina (MER) def. Natasha McCarthy (FPU) 6-0, 6-1

2. Kara Hole (MER) def. Kirby Melbourne (FPU) 6-1, 6-1

3. Rachel Muller (MER) def. Emily Parrett (FPU) 6-1, 6-2

4. Leslie Rodgers (FPU) def. Alyx Barnes (MER) 6-2, 6-0

5. Mollie Fitzgerald (MER) def. Melissa Cohen (FPU) 8-2

6. Tiana Dame (MER) def. Christine Boulanger (FPU) 8-0



1. Messina/Barnes (MER) def. McCarthy/Parrett (FPU) 8-6

2. Hole/Fitzgerald (MER) def. Melbourne/Rodgers (FPU) 8-4

3. Veasey/Muller (MER) def. Melissa Cohen/Christine Boulanger (FPU) 8-1