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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team made a triumphant return to Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday afternoon after playing in the ITA East Regionals over the weekend, defeating Saint Anselm, 9-0, from North Andover High School.

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The Basics
Score: Merrimack 9
 | Saint Anselm 0
Records: Merrimack (5-2, 4-2 NE-10)
 | Saint Anselm (2-4, 1-3 NE-10)
 North Andover High School | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened
The Warriors began a three-game week at home against the Hawks, looking to get back in the win column in conference play after last week’s loss to Stonehill, the reigning conference champions.

The Warriors began doubles play by taking the first three points of the contest. Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) played together again after separating against Stonehill. The captains prevailed, 8-3, at No. 1. Freshman Lauren Persson (Barnstable, Mass.) and Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario) did not drop a game at No. 2, 8-0, while sophomores Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.) and Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) emerged victorious at No. 3, 8-4.

Singles play brought more of the same success for the hosts. Messina won at No. 1 in straight sets, but had to win a tiebreak, 7-4, in the second frame against Jess Perkins of the Hawks. Giatrelis and Persson won two-set matches at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, as Merrimack did not drop a set in singles.

Seifaei won by identical set scores, 6-1 and 6-1, at No. 4, while Dunn moved to No. 5 and prevailed, 6-2 and 6-1. Freshman Celine Mende (Shrewsbury, Mass.) returned to the singles lineup at No. 6 and won, 6-2 and 6-2.

1. Grace Messina/ Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Jess Perkins / Meghan Golden (STA) 8-3
2. Lauren Persson / Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Tess Malerbi / Ashley Sulkin (STA) 8-0
3.  Mackenzie Blair/Danielle Dunn (MER) def. Kathryn Rindo /Katie Roberts (STA) 8-4

1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Jess Perkins (STA) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
2. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Tess Malerbi (STA) 6-3, 6-0
3. Lauren Persson (MER) def. Meghan Golden (STA) 6-2, 6-3
4. Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Kathryn Rindo (STA) 6-1, 6-1
5. Danielle Dunn (MER) def. Leah Fitzgerald (STA) 6-2, 6-1
6. Celine Mende (MER) def.  Ashley Sulkin (STA) 6-2, 6-2

Up Next
The Navy and Gold have two road matches this weekend beginning with American International on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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