COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team came up short against Daemen (N.Y.) College, 6-3, on Saturday at the SMC Tennis Courts during non-conference action. The Purple Knights start the season off 0-1 while the Wildcats go to 1-0.
Two of the Purple and Gold's doubles teams were victorious. Junior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and sophomore Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) won by an 8-3 count at No. 1, with the triumph the first of de Pont's career. At the No. 3 spot, junior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) and first-year Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) picked up a narrow 8-6 victory to put the Purple Knights up 2-0 before senior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) dropped an 8-4 count in the No. 2 spot.
Sophomore Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) took the lone victory in singles play at the No. 6 spot, rallying for a 4-6, 6-1, 10-3 win, clinching her collegiate debut in a super tie-breaker. Three teammates had at least one close set during losses. Ramsay fell 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) in the top spot, de Pont fell 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2, and Sumner was defeated 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 5 spot.
The Purple Knights hit the road on Wednesday, traveling to the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a 4 p.m. start.