MIDDLETON, MASS. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team quickly put its loss to No. 24 Concordia College behind them as the Warriors returned home to defeat Division I Siena College, 7-2, from the Northeast Tennis Center on Sunday evening.
Score: Merrimack 7 | Siena 2
Records: Merrimack (14-9) | Siena (6-6)
Location: Northeast Tennis Center | Middleton, Mass.
What They Said
Head coach Aaron Bergeron: “Danielle played a great match to clinch it for us at No. 4 singles. She stayed mentally tough throughout and the girls were able to rally around her following her win. Grace and Chealsey both had back-and-forth matches and played tough on the big points. I’m happy with the result and looking forward to competing against Wheaton.”
How It Happened
The Warriors took on a depleted Siena Saints squad, as the visitors arrived in North Andover with only four players participating in the match. The Navy and Gold won at No. 3 doubles and No. 5-6 singles by default.
Merrimack’s combination at No. 1 singles of Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) proved it was up to the task of taking on Division I competition, as they came away victorious with the 8-5 win. Seniors Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Rachel Muller (North Andover, Mass.) battled at every point at No. 2 doubles, sending the match to 16th game before the pair of Rina Sakai and Cassandra Braz won, 9-7, for the Saints.
In the singles portion of the match, the Warriors needed to come away with just one win to clinch the match. With No. 1-4 going on simultaneously, freshman Danielle Dunn(Middleton, Mass.) clinched the game for Merrimack with a straight-set victory at No. 4, 6-2 and 6-2.
No. 1-2 both went to three sets, with Grace Messina winning for the Warriors at No. 1. She lost the opening set, but battled back to win the final two by set scores of 6-3 and 6-4, respectively. Giatrelis played the most contentious match of the evening, as the three-set thriller went to 18 games, with Giatelis collecting the 10-8 set win, which clinched the match.
1. Grace Messina/Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Ali Garrity/Allysa Singh (SIE) 8-5
2. Rina Sakai / Cassandra Braz (SIE) def. Rachel Muller/Shakee Messina (MER) 9-7
3. Danielle Dunn/Abbey Bryant (MER) def. N/A (SIE) by default
1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Ali Garrity (SIE) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Rina Sakai (SIE) 6-1, 6-7 (2), 10-8
3. Allysa Singh (SIE) def. Shakee Messina (MER) 6-4, 6-2
4. Danielle Dunn (MER) def. Cassandra Braz (SIE) 6-2, 6-2
5. Rachel Muller (MER) def. N/A (SIE) by default
6. Abbey Bryant (MER) def. N/A (SIE) by default
Merrimack returns to the court when the calendar changes to April, when the Warriors will play Wheaton College on April 3 at 3:30 p.m. from Norton, Mass.