MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jess Perkins and Kaitlin Hughes extended their winning streaks in singles, but host Southern New Hampshire University came away with a 7-2 victory over the Saint Anselm College women's tennis team in a Queen City Cup match on Wednesday at SNHU Tennis Courts.
Southern New Hampshire (5-0, 5-0 NE10) got out to a strong start by sweeping the three doubles matches and picked up four victories in singles to remain unbeaten this season. Perkins ran her winning streak to five-straight matches and Hughes won her third in a row for Saint Anselm (2-3, 1-3 NE10).
The Penmen got 8-1 victories from the tandems of Kaitlyn Poje and Casey Burns and Rachel Wagner and Lindsay Baum at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively, to take a 2-0 lead. The No. 1 doubles match between Perkins and Hughes and Sofia Morais and Anna Sala went all the way to a tiebreaker, with the SNHU duo claiming a narrow 9-8 (7-5) win. Entering the match, Sala and Morais had dropped just seven games in four matches this season.
To start singles, Sala and Burns picked up straight-set victories at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, respectively, to give the Penmen the five points necessary for the team win.
In the lone match of the day to go the distance, Hughes rebounded from dropping a second-set tiebreaker to edge Poje, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 10-6, at No. 3 singles to improve to 4-1 this season and get the Hawks on the board. Wagner and Baum posted eight-game pro set victories in the bottom of the singles lineup for SNHU, before Perkins finished off Morais, 6-2, 6-2, atop the lineup for her fifth win in five tries this fall.
Perkins' victory was also the 50th of her Saint Anselm career, which are the most in recorded program history.
The Hawks head to Stonehill on Saturday, Sept. 30 for their second of three-straight road matches this week in a 2 p.m. start.