Women's Tennis

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

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

Friday, October 21st
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)

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

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

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