RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's tennis team bounced back from a loss to regionally-ranked Stonehill the day before to blank Franklin Pierce University, 9-0, on the road in a Northeast-10 Conference match on Sunday afternoon.
With Franklin Pierce (0-8, 0-5 NE10) down to five available players, Saint Anselm (3-4, 2-4 NE10) won both doubles matches and all five singles matches that were played on the afternoon. Jess Perkins, Tess Malerbi, Kaitlin Hughes and Meghan Golden each posted victories in singles and doubles, while Lexi Stathis provided the other victory in singles.
Hughes and Perkins improved to 4-2 on the season, as well as in the NE10, with an 8-5 victory over Alana Wyatt and Sonia Rodrigues atop the doubles lineup. At No. 2 doubles, Malerbi and Golden put together an 8-4 triumph against Sarah Rich and Kelly O'Donnell to rise to 4-3 as a pair this fall.
Stathis grabbed her second win of the season with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Alexia Dasilva at No. 5 singles to account for the deciding fifth point after a default at No. 6 singles. With the team result decided, the remaining five singles matches were all played as eight-game pro sets.
For the fourth time this year, Perkins did not drop a game at No. 1 singles, cruising past Wyatt, 8-0 at the top spot. Golden also posted an 8-0 win at No. 4 singles against O'Donnell. Malerbi lost just one game at No. 2 singles and Hughes dropped just two at No. 3 singles for the Hawks.
Saint Anselm plays its next two matches at home, beginning with a 4 p.m. match against Saint Michael's College on Tuesday, Oct. 3.