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Women’s Tennis: Merrimack Beats Adelphi, Remains Undefeated in NE-10

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.  The Merrimack College women’s tennis team remains undefeated in Northeast-10 action, as the Warriors stunned Adelphi University, 6-3, Sunday afternoon in Garden, N.Y. The Warriors improve to 10-3 overall and 9-0 in the conference, while the Panthers suffer their first conference loss of the season and fall to 7-5 overall and 6-1 in NE-10 play.

The Basics
Score:  Merrimack 6, Adelphi 3
Records: Merrimack (10-3, 9-0) | Adelphi (7-5, 6-1)
Location: Garden City, N.Y.

How it Happened vs. Adelphi

Adelphi claimed two of the three doubles matches to grasp a 2-1 lead in the match.

Merrimack’s junior Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) and senior Kara Hole(Portsmouth, R.I.) upended Jennifer Ferguson and Taylor King, 8-3, in No. 2 doubles.

Katarina Barborikova and Charlotte Moreau outlasted freshman Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and junior Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela), 9-7, at No. 1 doubles.

The Warriors captured five singles wins to seal the Northeast-10 conference victory.

In No. 1 singles, G. Messina rolled to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Charlotte Moreau. S. Messina defeated Haich at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-1. Hole prevailed at the No. 4 spot with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Adia.

Junior Rachel Muller (North Andover, Mass.) also prevailed at the No. 5 spot with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory. In the final match of the day, senior Alyx Barnes(Portsmouth, N.H.) picked up the 6-3, 6-2 win over King.


1. Barborikova/Moreau (AU) def. Messina/Messina (MER) 9-7
2. Giatrelis/Hole (MER) def. Ferguson/King (AU) 8-3
3. Adia/Haich (AU) def. Muller/Barnes (MER) 8-1

1. G. Messina (MER) def. Charlotte Moreau (AU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Katarina Barborikova (AU) def. Giatrelis (MER) 2-6, 6-1, 10-6
3. S. Messina (MER) def. Joanna Haich (AU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Hole (MER) def. Gaby Adia (AU) 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
5. Muller (MER) def. Jennifer Ferguson (AU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
6. Barnes (MER) def. Taylor King (AU) 6-3, 6-2

What they Said

“This was an extremely important match for us against one of the top teams in the conference,” said head coach Peter Arsenault. “I was really pleased with our effort and how we battled all day.”

Northeast-10 Rankings
**top five teams selected for postseason 

1. Merrimack (9-0)
2. Stonehill (8-0)
3. Adelphi (6-1)
4. Bentley (5-1)
5. Southern N.H. (4-1)
6. Saint Michael’s (3-2)
7. New Haven (4-3)
8. Assumption (1-4)
T9. Le Moyne (1-7)
T9. Saint Anselm (1-7)
11. Franklin Pierce (1-8)
12. American Int’l (0-2)
13. Saint Rose (0-7)

Up Next

The Warriors return to action Saturday, April 5th, when they host non-conference opponent NYIT at North Andover High School. First match is scheduled 2 p.m.


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