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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)
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

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

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.

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