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Merrimack Women’s Tennis Tops Reigning NE-10 Champs Adelphi

Photo: Merrimack Athletics

GARDEN CITY, n.y. – Playing in its second match in less than 24 hours, the Merrimack College women’s tennis team travelled to Long Island and knocked off Adelphi University, the defending Northeast-10 Conference champions, 6-3 to wrap up a three-match week for the Warriors.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 6
, Adelphi 3
Records: Merrimack (3-0, 3-0 NE-10)
| Adelphi (2-1, 2-1 NE-10)
Garden City, N.Y.

How It Happened (Doubles)

  • No. 1 – Senior Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and sophomore Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario) ensured the Warriors led entering singles with an 8-5 victory over Adelphi’s top doubles pairing
  • No. 2 – The Panthers salvaged one point entering singles with an 8-0 triumph over juniors Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) and Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.)
  • No. 3 – Sophomore Lauren Persson (Barnstable, Mass.) and freshman Mia Briggs (York, Maine) captured Merrimack’s first point of the day with an 8-2 victory at third doubles, their second win in as many days

How It Happened (Singles)

  • No. 1 – Messina continued her dominance at first singles with another straight-set win to begin the year (6-2, 6-2)
  • No. 2 – Seifaei faltered for the first time this season, dropped a two-set match at second singles
  • No. 3 – After seven games in the opening set of No. 3, Persson prevailed due to retirement as Karen Serina could not continue play
  • No. 4 – The Panthers picked up their third and final point of the match with an 8-2 win
  • No. 5 – Merrimack’s depth proved prominent in the match as Blair improved to 3-0 on the season, including two wins at fifth singles, with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Vanja Savic
  • No. 6 – Last but not least, Briggs capped off a superb collegiate debut with her third singles victory of the week, in straight-set fashion, over Maria Bruzon Gutierrez (6-2, 6-2)


1. Grace Messina/Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Rebecca Fakas/Karen Serina (ADE) 8-5
2. Elizabeth Kallenberg/Samantha Perri (ADE) def. Danielle Dunn/Mackenzie Blair (MER) 8-0
3. Mia Briggs/Lauren Persson (MER) def. Vanja Savic/M. Bruzon Gutierrez (ADE) 8-2


1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Elizabeth Kallenberg (ADE) 6-2, 6-2
2. Rebecca Fakas (ADE) def. Mana Seifaei (MER) 6-3, 6-3
3. Lauren Persson (MER) def. Karen Serina (ADE) 3-4, retired
4. Samantha Perri (ADE) def. Danielle Dunn (MER) 8-2
5. Mackenzie Blair (MER) def. Vanja Savic (ADE) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mia Briggs (MER) def. M. Bruzon Gutierrez (ADE) 6-2, 6-2

Up Next
The Navy and Gold continue their league slate on Tuesday when they travel to Stonehill to face the Skyhawks at 3 p.m.

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