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BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team traveled south to Brookville, N.Y. and battled tough against No. 24 Concordia College (N.Y.) before falling to the Clippers, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 0
| #24 Concordia 9
Records: Merrimack (13-9)
| #24 Concordia (11-0)
Meyers Tennis Center | Brookville, N.Y.

How It Happened
The Warriors took on another top opponent from the East Region, as the Warriors visited the 24th-ranked Clippers of Concordia College on Saturday afternoon hoping to improve its regional ranking.

In doubles play, the combinations of Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela)/Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, N.Y.) and Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela)/Rachel Muller(North Andover, Mass.) battled hard at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, respectively, before losing by 8-6 at No. 1 and 8-5 and No. 2. The freshman combination of Danielle Dunn(Middleton, Mass.) and Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) dropped the match at No. 3 doubles, 8-0.

The Warriors were unable to collect a point during singles play. At No. 2-5 singles, the Warriors lost in straight sets. At No. 1, Grace Messina battled the eighth-ranked player in the country, taking her to a third-set tiebreak. Messina won the second set, 7-6 (7-2), before falling in the final frame by the same 7-6 score with the tiebreak going in favor of Concordia at 9-7.

Rachel Muller participated at No. 6 singles, winning the first set by a score of 6-3, she dropped the second frame and lost the final set, 1-0, losing out to the lone point on a 10-4 game score.

1. Romana Tabak/Costanza Mecchi  (CON) def. Grace Messina/Chealsey Giatrelis  (MER) 6-8
2. Huai-Hsuan Huang/Alla Kravchuk (CON) def. Rachel Muller/Shakee Messina  (MER) 5-8
3. Linda Eliasson/Stefanie Canals-Bake (CON) def. Danielle Dunn/Mackenzie Blair (MER) 0-8

1. Romana Tabak (CON) def. Grace Messina (MER) 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (7-9)
2. Costanza Mecchi  (CON) def. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) 0-6, 0-6
3. Huai-Hsuan Huang (CON) def. Shakee Messina (MER) 3-6, 2-6
4. Linda Eliasson (CON) def. Danielle Dunn (MER) 0-6, 1-6
5. Stefanie Canals-Bake (CON) def. Mackenzie Blair (MER) 2-6, 0-6
6. Valerie Chaban (CON) def. Rachel Muller (MER) 6-3, 0-6, 0-1 (4-10)

Up Next
The Warriors return to action tomorrow evening, when they host Division I Siena College from the Northeast Tennis Center in Middleton, Mass. at 5 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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