WORCESTER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team won twice during doubles and prevailed at No. 1-4 singles to defeat Assumption College, 6-3, on Wednesday evening from the Assumption Tennis Courts. The victory marked Merrimack’s first of 2015 over an opponent ranked higher than the Warriors in the Northeast-10 Conference standings.
Score: Merrimack 6, Assumption 3
Records: Merrimack (9-3, 7-3 NE-10) | Assumption (8-3, 7-2 NE-10)
Location: Assumption Tennis Courts | Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
Playing for the second time together this season at first doubles, junior captain Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and freshman Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario) won by a six-game margin to set the tone for the Warriors.
Senior captain Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) and sophomore Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.) reunited as a pair for the first time this season after playing together in six matches during Dunn’s rookie year. The combo prevailed in a back-and-forth contest, 8-6. Freshman Lauren Persson (Barnstable, Mass.) and Celine Mende(Shrewsbury, Mass.) debuted as a pair at No. 3, losing by two games.
For the third time this season, Messina began singles play without dropping a game at No. 1. She now owns a 33-match winning streak in NE-10 singles, and sports an 11-0 mark at first singles (8-0, NE-10). Giatrelis picked up a straight-set victory at No. 2 after her two contests over the weekend went the distance.
Seifaei and Persson also won their matches at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, without having to go to a third set. Seifaei avoided a tiebreak in the opening frame by winning the 12th game and taking a 7-5 set win. Mende suffered the first loss of her career at sixth singles, 6-2 and 6-3.
All six of the Warriors’ previous victories in league play had come by 9-0 scores. The Warriors won on Wednesday for the first time in NE-10 play this season when they did not shutout an opponent.
Northeast-10 Postseason Outlook
The top-six programs qualify for the NE-10 Championship with the top-two seeds receiving byes to the semifinals; Merrimack plays Bentley tomorrow with a chance to clinch a spot in the postseason.
1. Adelphi (10-0)
2. Stonehill (8-1)
3. Southern New Hampshire (7-1)
4. Assumption (7-2)
5. Merrimack (7-3)
6. Le Moyne (6-4)
7. Bentley (6-4)
8. Saint Anselm (4-5)
9. Saint Michael’s (3-7)
10. Saint Rose (1-8)
11. Franklin Pierce (1-8)
12. New Haven (1-9)
13. American Int’l (1-10)
1. Grace Messina/ Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Hannah Riley / Paige Benoit (ASM) 8-2
2. Danielle Dunn / Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Cassie Burbine / Marie Black (ASM) 8-6
3. Kristen Carbone / Aubrey Lovejoy (ASM) def. Celine Mende / Lauren Persson (MER) 8-6
1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Cassie Burbine (ASM) 6-0, 6-0
2. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Hannah Riley (ASM) 6-1, 6-3
3. Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Paige Benoit (ASM) 7-5, 6-2
4. Lauren Persson (MER) def. Marie Black (ASM) 6-1, 6-2
5. Aubrey Lovejoy (ASM) def. Danielle Dunn (MER) 6-3, 6-1
6. Cassy Waung (ASM) def. Celine Mende (MER) 6-2, 6-3
The Warriors host Bentley University tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. from North Andover High School in the final home regular-season match of the year for the Navy and Gold.