COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team opened the season with a 5-2 loss to regional Division III power Colby-Sawyer College on Monday afternoon. The match began on the SMC Tennis Courts before a passing thunderstorm necessitated the completion of the match in the Tarrant Recreation Center.
- Saint Michael's (0-1), Colby-Sawyer (2-0)
- Junior Ava Albis (Hamden, Conn./Hamden), 2 wins
- Senior Elly McKenna (Lowell, Mass./Lowell Catholic), 1 win
- Senior Annie Serkes (Garden City, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), 1 win
- Albis won singles and doubles matches in the same contest for the third time in her career.
- All three doubles tandems played together for the first time.
- Albis earned her first win since Oct. 5, 2019, and McKenna her first since Oct. 9, 2019, as neither competed during the 2020-21 school year. The duo appeared at No. 1 doubles; McKenna had never played higher than No. 3 and improved her career doubles record to 9-4.
- Serkes, who also sat out last season, won for the first time since Oct. 5, 2019.
- Colby-Sawyer has qualified for seven NCAA Division III Tournaments since 2013.
- Colby-Sawyer took the doubles point thanks to two victories in the discipline.
- Senior Abby Edelmann (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and junior Bree Cotroneo (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union) trailed just 2-1 early at No. 2 during a 6-1 setback.
- In the third spot, Serkes and senior Sarah Knickerbocker (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) led 2-1 before standing tied 2-2 when the rain forced the teams to come inside. After a 4-0 Charger run, the Purple Knight duo rallied within 5-3 with Knickerbocker on serve, but the visitors closed out the 6-3 win.
- Albis and McKenna lost the first game at No. 1 before pulling out to a 5-2 lead, including going up 3-2 when play moved into Tarrant. After the Chargers crept within one game, the Purple and Gold tandem finished off a 6-4 victory.
- Singles play saw Colby-Sawyer take the first three matches to clinch the win. Cotroneo won four games in a loss at No. 3, McKenna fell at No. 4 in just her fifth career singles match, and Edelmann led 3-2 in the opening set of an eventual 6-3, 6-1 loss in the second position.
- Albis, who had never played higher than No. 3 singles, won a lengthy 6-2, 3-6, 10-1 contest in the top spot, appearing for the first time since Oct. 12, 2019.
- First-year Emma Posada (Peru, N.Y./Peru) made her college debut in a loss at No. 6, while Serkes finished the match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the fifth spot.
- Wednesday vs. State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 4 p.m.