COLCHESTER, Vt. - Two Saint Michael's College women's tennis players completed comebacks from one set down in singles before first-year Ava Albis (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) won the deciding match in the Purple Knights' 4-3 victory over Bentley University on Saturday at the SMC Tennis Courts. The Purple and Gold opened its home slate while continuing Northeast-10 Conference play.
- Saint Michael's (3-2, 2-2 NE10), Bentley (3-2, 2-2 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sophomore Annie Serkes (Garden City, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), 2 wins
- First-year Ava Albis (Hamden, Conn./Hamden), 2 wins
- Senior Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 1 win
- Senior Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham), 1 win
- Senior Autumn Tamlyn (Silver Bay, N.Y./Queensbury), 1 win
- Sophomore Abby Edelmann (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional), 1 win
- Sophomore Elly McKenna (Lowell, Mass./Lowell Catholic), 1 win
- The Purple and Gold downed Bentley by a 4-3 count for the second straight year, in the process winning at home against the Falcons for the first time since April 6, 2013.
- Saint Michael's opened its home slate after beginning the year with four straight road matches.
- Opener of two-match home weekend.
- All seven Purple Knights who appeared in the match notched at least one win.
- McKenna remained undefeated in doubles during her career, moving to 6-0.
- Saint Michael's won all three doubles matches to nab a 1-0 lead.
- The tandems of Albis/Serkes and Ramsay/Sumner both won 6-1 in succession at No. 2 and 1, respectively, to clinch the team point. Edelmann and McKenna claimed a 6-2 triumph in the third spot to complete the sweep.
- Bentley took the first two singles matches to move in front, including as Ramsay played two close sets in a 6-3, 7-5 loss at No. 1.
- Serkes rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in the third spot to tie the contest, and Tamlyn's 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 comeback at No. 6 put the Purple and Gold in front at 3-2.
- Edelmann had a pair of close losses during a 6-3, 6-3 setback in the fourth position, leaving the teams tied with only Albis still playing.
- In her match from the fifth slot, Albis nearly blanked her opponent behind a 6-0, 6-1 win that provided Saint Michael's the deciding point.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH
- Sunday vs. regionally-ranked Stonehill College, 12 p.m.
- The Skyhawks, who are fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, advanced to 10 of the last 11 NE10 Championship finals, winning last year's crown.
- Stonehill qualified for the past five NCAA Tournaments, and 10 of the last 11.