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Merrimack Women’s Tennis Sweeps AIC

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team did not relinquish a match on Saturday afternoon from North Andover High School, defeating American International, 9-0, in Northeast-10 Conference action.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 9
, AIC 0
Records: Merrimack (7-1, 7-1 NE-10)
| American International (1-6, 1-6 NE-10)
Location:
North Andover, Mass. | North Andover High School

How It Happened (Doubles)

  • No. 1 – Merrimack started the match with a bang, sweeping doubles play. Senior Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and sophomore Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario) continued their roll through the Northeast-10 Conference with an 8-3 win at the first flight
  • No. 2 – Mimicking their teammates at No. 1, juniors Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) and Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.) prevailed by an 8-3 margin at second doubles
  • No. 3 – Finishing up first, the duo of sophomore Lauren Persson (Barnstable, Mass.) and freshman Mia Briggs (York, Maine) dominated in 8-0 fashion, blanking their opposition from AIC

How It Happened (Singles)

  • No. 1 – Messina rolled to a straight-set victory at the first flight, 6-1 and 6-2, improving her conference record to 8-0 on the season. Her career NE-10 singles ledger sits at 44-0 after eight matches this season
  • No. 2 – Seifaei rallied to win her opener, 7-5, before a quicker second set that resulted in a 6-2 victory for the second-year player
  • No. 3 – For the third time this season, Persson did not lose a game at the third flight (6-0, 6-0)
  • No. 4 – Dunn lost just three games at No. 4, winning by a 6-3 margin in her opening frame followed by a 6-0 blanking in the final set
  • No. 5 – Blair only stumbled in one of 13 games against her opposition, winning by a 6-0, 6-1 final
  • No. 6 – For the third time in her last four singles appearances, Briggs did not lose a game en route to a shutout victory. She has lost just two games over her last four matches and has won her last eight sets played

Results
Doubles
1. Grace Messina/Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Eleanna Fulop / Isabela Daudt (AIC) 8-3
2. Mackenzie Blair/Danielle Dunn (MER) def. Logan Smith / Carleyah McLean (AIC) 8-3
3. Mia Briggs/Roberta Marcos (MER) def. Taeha Woodard / Yliannis Knaggs (AIC) 8-0

Singles
1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Carleyah McLean (AIC) 6-1, 6-2
2. Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Isabela Daudt (AIC) 7-5, 6-2
3. Lauren Persson (MER) def. Eleanna Fulop (AIC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Danielle Dunn (MER) def. Logan Smith (AIC) 6-3, 6-0
5. Mackenzie Blair (MER) def. Taeha Woodard (AIC) 6-0, 6-1
6. Mia Briggs (MER) def. Yliannis Knaggs (AIC) 6-0, 6-0

Up Next
Merrimack hosts Southern New Hampshire on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. tilt.

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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