GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team dropped their first road match of the season, 6-3, down on Long Island against Adelphi University.
Score: Merrimack 3 | Adelphi 6
Records: Merrimack (4-2, 4-2 NE-10) | Adelphi (7-1, 6-0 NE-10)
Location: Garden City, N.Y.
What They Said
Head coach Aaron Bergeron: “They were a tough team. This was a match that could have gone either way. It didn’t go ours today. We still have plenty of work to do but we’ll be carrying plenty of confidence come playoff time.”
How It Happened
For the first time this season, Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) lost at No. 1 doubles, 8-0. The pair falls to 3-1 in doubles play.
The next matchup was the most heated of the match. In a back-and-forth affair, Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) and Danielle Dunn (Middleton, Mass.) lost 9-8 (5).
No. 3 doubles belonged to the Warriors as the combination of Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) and Rachel Muller (North Andover, Mass.) won 8-3.
Singles play began with Grace Messina continuing her dominance at No. 1, winning her match 6-4, 6-2. At No. 2 and No. 3, Merrimack put up valiant three-set efforts. Shakee Messina lost her match 6-4, 0-6, 2-6. Next at No. 3 Giatrelis could not hold on, falling 7-6 (1), 2-6, 5-7.
The Panthers clinched victory at No. 4 as Dunn lost 6-0, 6-1.
Despite the match already decided, Blair pulled out a win at No. 6 6-2, 6-1 to improve her singles record to 4-2.
1. Charlotte Moreau/Katarina Barborikova (ADE) def. Grace Messina/Shakee Messina (MER) 8-0
2. Stefani Lineva/Rebecca Fakas (ADE) def. Chealsey Giatrelis/Danielle Dunn (MER) 9-8 (5)
3. Rachel Muller/Mackenzie Blair (MER) def. Joanna Haich/Bianca Bernal (ADE) 8-3
1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Stefani Lineva (ADE) 6-4, 6-2
2. Charlotte Moreau (ADE) def. Shakee Messina (MER) 6-4, 0-6, 2-6
3. Katarina Barborikova (ADE) def. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) 7-6 (1), 2-6, 5-7
4. Joanna Haich (ADE) def. Danielle Dunn (MER) 6-0, 6-1
5. Rebecca Fakas (ADE) def. Rachel Muller (MER) 6-1, 6-2
6. Mackenzie Blair (MER) def. Bianca Bernal (ADE) 6-2, 6-1
The Warriors will participate in the ITA Regionals starting on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike is also on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN