NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team lost to Southern New Hampshire University 6-3 this afternoon, suffering their first loss of the season.
Score: Southern NH 6 | Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (3-1, 3-1 NE-10) | Southern NH (1-0, 1-0 NE-10)
Location: North Andover High School | North Andover, Mass.
What They Said
Head Coach Aaron Bergeron: “It was a tough match today. I liked our fight throughout the match, but we came up a little short. We know what we need to work on and we have the time to do it. We hope to see SNHU again.”
How It Happened
The Warriors certainly faced some adversity against the Penmen. For the first time all year, the Warriors lost in the doubles portion of the match, with the Penmen taking decisions at No. 2 and No. 3.
At No. 2, Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) and Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.) could not keep the momentum going, losing 8-4. Senior Rachel Muller (North Andover, Mass.) and freshman Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) battled at No. 3, but ended up losing 9-7.
In singles play Grace Messina got the Warriors back in match, winning 6-0, 6-2. After that match the score was tied 2-2.
Shakee Messina sent her match at No. 2 to a deciding third set, but ended up falling 1-6, 7-6, 1-6. Giatrelis came through in the clutch at No. 3 defeating her Penmen counterpart 6-1, 7-5 to square the match at 3-3.
The Warriors momentum would stop there. At No. 4 Dunn could not hang on, falling 6-4, 7-5. SNHU guaranteed victory at No. 5 when Muller could not send the match to a deciding sixth matchup. The Warriors senior lost 6-4, 6-2.
At No. 6, Blair suffered her first singles loss of her career, 6-1, 6-2.
1. Grace Messina/Shakee Messina (MER) def. Ashley Loft/Diana Vamvakitis (SNHU) 9-7
2. Sarah Schollgen/Lindsay Baum (SNHU) def. Chealsey Giatrelis/ Danielle Dunn (MER) 8-4
3. Jamie Hann/Yolanda Green (SNHU) def. Rachel Muller/Mackenzie Blair (MER) 9-7
1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Diana Vamvakitis (SNHU) 6-0, 6-2
2. Ashley Loft (SNHU) def. Shakee Messina (MER) 1-6, 7-6, 1-6
3. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Sarah Schollgen (SNHU) 6-1, 7-5
4. Jamie Hann (SNHU) def. Danielle Dunn (MER) 6-4, 7-5
5. Yolanda Green (SNHU) def. Rachel Muller (MER) 6-4, 6-2
6. Lindsay Baum (SNHU) def. Mackenzie Blair (MER) 6-1, 6-2
The Navy and Gold head on the road Tuesday to take on St. Michael’s College at 3 p.m.