COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team opened a two-match home weekend by downing Franklin Pierce University, 8-1, on Saturday at the SMC Tennis Courts in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in NE10 play, while the Ravens slipped to 0-5 and 0-2.
Junior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and sophomore Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) earned an 8-5 victory in the top doubles spot, while senior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) finished off the No. 2 spot with an 8-4 triumph. The Purple Knights swept doubles action after the Ravens defaulted at No. 3.
Sophomore Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) forged a 6-2, 6-0 triumph in the No. 5 singles spot to clinch the team win, while Ramsay earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the second slot. Weeks pitched 6-1 conquests in both sets to earn the win in the No. 4 spot. First-year Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) finished off the No. 3 spot with an 8-5 pro-set victory while Franklin Pierce defaulted in the sixth spot. De Pont nearly helped her team complete the sweep but suffered a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 setback in her debut at No. 1 singles.
Saint Michael's hosts Stonehill College tomorrow at 12 p.m. to continue NE10 action. The Skyhawks are ranked sixth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll and qualified for eight of the last nine NCAA Tournaments.