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Merrimack Women’s Tennis Blanks New Haven

Photo: Merrimack Athletics

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season following a 9-0 victory over the University of New Haven, which started outside at North Andover High School, but was moved indoors during singles play due to rain. The victory also gave the Navy and Gold their second Northeast-10 Conference win.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 9
, New Haven 0
Records: Merrimack (2-0, 2-0 NE-10)
| New Haven (0-1, 0-1 NE-10)
North Andover High School | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened (Doubles)

  • No. 1 – Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario) improved to 2-0 at first doubles with an 8-1 win
  • No. 2 – Sophomore Lauren Persson (Barnstable, Mass.) and freshman Mia Briggs (York, Maine) played together for the first time, winning at the second flight by the same 8-1 score
  • No. 3 – Juniors Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) and Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.) finished the doubles round with a three-game win at No. 3 (8-5)

How It Happened (Singles)

  • No. 1 – Messina only lost one game during the first flight, blanking her opposition in the second set (6-1, 6-0)
  • No. 2 – Seifaei mirrored her doubles partner with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at second singles
  • No. 3 – Persson now has started her sophomore season with four straight 6-0 sets during singles play with another shutout win against the Chargers
  • No. 4 – Dunn played up at No. 4 following a fifth-flight victory against Franklin Pierce Thursday, prevailing in straight sets (6-0, 6-2)
  • No. 5 – Blair competed at fifth singles against the Chargers and dispatched her opponent in two sets, including a 6-0 clincher in second set
  • No. 6 – Briggs only played one set at No. 6, winning the match by a 6-2 final

1. Grace Messina/Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Sarah Burzin / Ashley Varrone (UNH) 8-1
2. Mia Briggs/Lauren Persson (MER) def. Angela Mercurio / Shelby Clyne (UNH) 8-1
3. Mackenzie Blair/Danielle Dunn  (MER) def. Caitlyn Burridge / Lauryn Burridge (UNH) 8-5

1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Caitlyn Burridge (UNH) 6-1, 6-0
2. Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Ashley Varrone (UNH) 6-1, 6-0
3. Lauren Persson (MER) def. Sarah Burzin (UNH) 6-0, 6-0
4. Danielle Dunn (MER) def. Kristen McCormick (UNH) 6-0, 6-2
5. Mackenzie Blair (MER) def. Lauryn Burridge (UNH) 6-4, 6-0
6. Mia Briggs (MER) def. Shelby Clyne (UNH) 6-2

Up Next
The Warriors battle defending conference champions Adelphi tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. from Garden City, N.Y.

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