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NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s tennis team defeated Colby-Sawyer, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon in the second game of back-to-back matches to improve to 2-0 in 2015.

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The Basics
Score: Merrimack 8
 | Colby-Sawyer 1
Records: Merrimack (2-0, 1-0 NE-10)
 | Colby-Sawyer (2-1, 0-0 NEAC)
 Kelsey Courts | New London, N.H.

How It Happened
Merrimack travelled on the road for the second straight day, playing in its first non-conference match of the season against the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer.

Captains Grace Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Chealsey Giatrelis (Centerville, Mass.) defeated their opposition at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, to open the match. The freshmen pairing of Celine Mende (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario) improved to 2-0 as a duo with an 8-4 win at No. 3.

In a back-and-forth match at No. 2, sophomore Mackenzie Blair (Thomaston, Conn.) and freshman Lauren Persson (Barnstable, Mass.) fell in a tiebreak, 7-5, to give the Chargers a point and make it 2-1 entering singles play.

The Navy and Gold swept the Chargers in singles to prevail by a seven-point margin. Outside of No. 2, Merrimack won in straight sets in the other five matches. Messina downed her opponent at No. 1, 6-0 and 6-2, while Mende, Seifaei and Persson all improved their singles records to 2-0 with straight-set victories. Blair prevailed at No. 5, 6-4 and 6-0, to win her second singles match in as many days.

1. Grace Messina/Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Ashlyn Ramsay / Ashley Woodside (CSC) 8-3
2. Aislinn O’Connor/Evelyn Miller (CSC) def. Mackenzie Blair/Lauren Persson (MER) 9-8 (7-5)
3. Celine Mende/Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Lauren Blanchard / Maddy Gemerek CSC) 8-4

1. Grace Messina (MER) def. Ashlyn Ramsay (CSC)   6-0, 6-2
2. Chealsey Giatrelis (MER) def. Ashley Woodside (CSC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
3. Lauren Persson (MER) def. Aislinn O’Connor (CSC) 6-1, 6-4
4. Mana Seifaei (MER) def. Evelyn Miller (CSC) 6-2, 6-4
5. Mackenzie Blair (MER) def. Maddy Gemerek  (CSC) 6-4, 6-0
6. Celine Mende (MER) def. Lauren Blanchard (CSC) 6-0, 6-4

Up Next
The Warriors return to conference play on Wednesday afternoon for their home opener when they welcome Franklin Pierce to North Andover High School for a 3 p.m. match.

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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