ORLANDO, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College women's tennis team suffered a pair of losses, falling 7-2 to Aquinas and 5-4 to Otterbein in a two-match day in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday.
Aquinas 7, Saint Anselm 2 | Box
Reigning Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week Jess Perkins improved her record at No. 1 singles to 14-2 this season and Eleni Petromelis and Kayla Hodas picked up their second-straight victory at No. 3 doubles for Saint Anselm (5-11). Aquinas (5-1), however, recorded wins in the other seven matches to down the Hawks.
Atop the singles lineup, Perkins outlasted Remington Gerst 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 in her first match to go to a super tiebreak in 19 matches dating back to Oct. 14, 2016. After Perkins won the first, Gerst took the second, only the fifth set Perkins has surrendered this fall, but the senior rebounded to win the decider in just the seventh super tiebreak of her career.
The match at No. 3 singles between Haley Kuppler and Meghan Golden also went to a super tiebreak with Kuppler coming back from losing the first set to win 1-6, 6-1, 10-5. The Saints claimed the other four singles matches in straight sets.
With the result decided after the match started with singles, Aquinas wrapped up the victory by claiming two of the three doubles matches courtesy of wins at the top-two flights. Petromelis and Hodas provided Saint Anselm's second point via an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles to improve to 3-2 as a pair this season at the time.
Otterbein 5, Saint Anselm 4 | Box
Perkins and Kaitlin Hughes accounted for two match wins apiece and Dominique Bolduc recorded her first collegiate singles victory as Saint Anselm (5-12) was edged by Otterbein (7-3) on the clay courts at the United States Tennis Association National Campus.
Hughes and Perkins moved to 11-5 on the season at No. 1 doubles with an 8-5 victory over Sydney Bergman and Makayla Sutter. The Cardinals claimed a 9-7 win at No. 2 doubles to take a 2-1 lead into singles play.
Otterbein secured the victory by winning the first three singles matches to finish in the middle of the lineup before Saint Anselm won the last three to earn a singles split. Hughes grabbed her 10th victory of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 2 singles and Bolduc rallied from dropping the first set for a 1-6, 6-4, 10-4 win at No. 6 singles. In the final match of the night, Perkins won her fourth-straight match, topping Bergman 6-3, 6-3 at the top spot for her 15th victory in 17 singles matches this season.
Saint Anselm returns to Oak Street Park Community Center to face another NAIA opponent, Roosevelt University, on Friday, March 9 at 12 p.m.