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Merrimack Women’s Tennis Falls to Bentley in NE-10 Quarterfinals

WALTHAM, Mass. – Despite taking a 2-1 lead into the singles portion of the match on Wednesday against Bentley, the Merrimack College women’s tennis program lost by a 5-3 final in the opening round of the Northeast-10 Championship from the Rieger Tennis Courts at Brandeis University.

The Basics
Score:
 #4 Bentley 5, #5 Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (8-5)
 | Bentley (9-4)
Location:
 Rieger Tennis Courts | Waltham, Mass.

2016 NE-10 Championship:
Wednesday, October 19th
Quarterfinals
Match #1: #6 Adelphi at #3 Assumption (1:00 p.m.)
Match #2: #4 Bentley def. #5 Merrimack, 5-3

Friday, October 21st
Semifinals
Match #3: Match #1 winner at #2 So. New Hampshire (1:00 p.m.)
Match #4: Match #2 winner at #1 Stonehill (1:00 p.m.)

Sunday, October 23rd
Championship (to be held at highest remaining seed)
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (1:00 p.m.)

How It Happened (Doubles)

  • No. 1 – After being announced as the top doubles combination in the NE-10 Wednesday morning, senior Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and sophomore Mana Seifaei took care of business, 8-4, to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead
  • No. 2 – Juniors Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) and Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.) staked the Navy and Gold to a guaranteed lead entering singles with an 8-6 win at the second flight. Blair/Dunn avenged their regular season loss to the Falcons’ Hannah Fabianski and Katie Brandow
  • No. 3 – The Falcons edged Merrimack’s all-conference pairing of sophomore Lauren Persson (Barnstable, Mass.) and freshman Mia Briggs (York, Maine) with a 9-7 victory at the third flight to make it a 2-1 match entering singles

How It Happened (Singles)

  • No. 1 – Boasting an 11-1 league record after 12 regular-season matches, Messina went out at the first flight and defeated Rachel Petrini, 6-0 and 6-2, to claim the Warriors’ third point of the day
  • No. 2 – Despite winning against Fabianski 11 days ago, Seifaei could not best her opponent at the second flight on Wednesday (6-2, 6-4)
  • No. 3 – The only match not completed on Wednesday was at No. 3, where Tiffany Sucharek and Persson were nearing the end of the second set upon Bentley clinching the match
  • No. 4 – The Falcons overtook the postseason meeting at the bottom singles flights, beginning with a straight-set win against Dunn at No. 4
  • No. 5 – Blair squared off against all-league honoree Susan Stowe for the second time this season, with Stowe collecting the victory in two sets (6-2, 6-2)
  • No. 6 – The final singles match featured another rematch, with Briggs taking on Katie Brandon. Brandon won both frames by giving up just two games in each to Merrimack’s rookie (6-2, 6-2)

Results
Doubles
1. Grace Messina/Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Rachel Petrini / Katie Tyman (BEN) 8-4
2. Mackenzie Blair/Danielle Dunn (MER) def. Hannah Fabianiski/Katie Brandow (BEN) 8-6
3. Corrie MacLean / Tiffany Sucharek (BEN) def. Mia Briggs / Lauren Persson (MER) 9-7

Singles
1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Rachel Petrini (BEN) 6-0, 6-2
2. Hannah Fabianiski (BEN) def. Mana Seifaei (MER) 6-2, 6-4
3. Tiffany Sucharek (BEN) vs. Lauren Persson (MER) 6-2, 6-7 (unfinished)
4. Katie Tyman (BEN) def. Danielle Dunn (MER) 6-1, 6-1
5. Susan Stowe (BEN) def. Mackenzie Blair (MER) 6-2, 6-2
6. Katie Brandon (BEN) def. Mia Briggs (MER) 6-2, 6-2

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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