WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team's comeback bid fell short when the final singles match was decided in a third-set tie-breaker during a 5-4 loss at the University of New Haven on Saturday at the New Haven Tennis Courts. Both teams are 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference.
In a match that featured five tight results, the Chargers carried a 2-1 edge into singles action. Senior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) took an 8-1 decision at No. 2 doubles to tie the match before junior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) and first-year Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) narrowly dropped an 8-6 contest at No. 3.
Wood claimed a 6-2, 6-0 triumph in the third singles slot to again tie the match before New Haven players picked up wins in the top two positions - including junior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) losing a pair of close sets in a 6-3, 6-4 setback at No. 2 - to push in front 4-2. However, Sumner and Weeks both rallied to win their matches in three sets, tying the match at 4-4.
Weeks first claimed a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 4 before Sumner finished off a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) triumph in the fifth position. Sophomore Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) also battled back from one set down to force a third and deciding set but ultimately lost 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2) in the sixth spot, taking her opponent to a third-set tie-breaker to determine both their match and the final team result.
The Purple Knights visit regionally-ranked Adelphi University tomorrow at 11 a.m. The Panthers, who are fifth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, won the past two NE10 Championships en route to making NCAA Tournament appearances each season.