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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team concluded its regular season on Sunday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over the Le Moyne College Dolphins. The Warriors end the year with a 9-3 mark in Northeast-10 Conference play, securing a spot in the NE-10 Championship for the third straight season.

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The Basics
Score: Merrimack 7
 | Le Moyne 2
Records: Merrimack (12-3, 9-3 NE-10)
 | Le Moyne (8-6, 7-5 NE-10)
 Skytop Recreation Area | Syracuse, N.Y.

How It Happened
The Warriors swept the doubles portion of the match, assuring that Merrimack would only need three of six singles contests to win the match.

Captain Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and freshman Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario), along with senior Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) and sophomore Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.), won at first and second doubles, respectively, by 8-6 scores. After losing yesterday at Roberts Wesleyan, freshman Lauren Persson(Barnstable, Mass.) and Celine Mende (Shrewsbury, Mass.) avoided a tiebreak by winning, 9-7, at No. 3.

In singles, Messina played a three-set match for the first time this season, but avoided her first loss with a 6-1 victory in the final frame. Giatrelis mirrored her teammate at second singles, needing three sets to win. It marked her fourth three-set victory of the season.

Seifaei and Dunn slipped up at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. Persson bounced back after a loss Saturday with a straight-set set (6-4, 6-4) against the Dolphins. Sophomore Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) trotted out at No. 6 singles for the second straight day, winning in three sets.

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 Le Moyne tomorrow in its regular-season finale. A victory clinches a fourth-place finish for the Warriors.

1. Adelphi (11-0)
2. Southern New Hampshire (9-1)
3. Stonehill (9-1)
4. Merrimack (9-3)
5. Assumption (7-3)
6. Le Moyne (7-5)
7. Bentley (6-5)
8. Saint Anselm (5-6)
9. Saint Michael’s (4-8)
10. Saint Rose (1-8)
11. New Haven (1-10)
12. Franklin Pierce (1-10)
13. American Int’l (1-11)

1. Grace Messina/ Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Tiffany Dunn / Amica Benoit-Limosani (LEM) 8-6
2. Danielle Dunn / Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Christina Perry / Allison Jones (LEM) 8-6
3. Celine Mende / Lauren Persson (MER) def. Rithika Vajjiravelu / Kennedy Langlois (LEM) 9-7

1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Tiffany Dunn (LEM) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
2. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER)  def. Rithika Vajjiravelu (LEM)  6-2, 4-6, 6-1
3. Amica Benoit-Limosani (LEM) def. Mana Seifaei (MER) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
4. Lauren Persson (MER) def. Christina Perry (LEM) 6-4, 6-4
5. Allison Jones (LEM) def. Danielle Dunn (MER) 6-1, 6-0
6. Mackenzie Blair (MER) def.  Autumn Hogan (LEM) 7-6, 6-7, 11-9

Up Next
Merrimack awaits its opponent in the conference tournament, as the regular season concludes this week for the remaining programs in the NE-10. The First Round of the NE-10 Championship is set for Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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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