COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team has been picked to take 10th place out of 13 schools in the Northeast-10 Conference's preseason poll, which was released by the league office today and chosen by the member institutions' head coaches.
With 50 points, the Purple Knights narrowly trailed ninth-ranked University of New Haven (52), which they downed 8-1 last year behind five decisive victories. Saint Anselm College, which took eighth at 65 points, suffered a 6-3 setback to Saint Michael's last season. Stonehill College, which won the NE10 regular-season title before finishing as postseason runner-up but qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, topped the rankings with 138 points.
The Purple Knights went 6-8 overall and 5-7 in the NE10 last season, contending for a postseason spot for much of the fall before ending the year with three matches in three days against teams that ended up claiming three of the top five NE10 Championship seeds. In addition to downing New Haven and Saint Anselm, the Purple and Gold defeated American International College, Franklin Pierce University and The College of Saint Rose in league play.
Sophomore Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) notched a team-best 11 wins last season, going 6-7 at No. 1 doubles and claiming five victories at No. 2 singles. Senior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) added 10 triumphs, posting a 6-7 mark in the second doubles spot and four wins at No. 4 singles. Sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) was 6-5 in doubles while going 3-3 in the sixth singles spot. Junior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) finished 3-0 at No. 3 doubles, while she and senior Melissa Hickox (Laurel, N.Y./Mattituck) both went 1-1 in singles.
Second-year head coach Mark Ellingson and the Purple Knights host Daemen (N.Y.) College for their opener on Sept. 2 before kicking off NE10 action against Franklin Pierce University on Sept. 16.