WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman Stephania Adondakis (Sandy, Utah/Waterford School) won in No. 6 singles to clinch the match for the Bentley women's tennis team in a 5-4 victory over Merrimack on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 action.
Adondakis beat Erin McMahon 6-4, 6-4 as the Falcons improve to 7-3 in the NE-10 and 7-10 overall. They've won two in a row and three of four. Merrimack falls to 7-4 in the NE-10 and 8-12 overall.
Bentley led 2-1 after doubles, as the team of Paulina Sotomayor (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan) and Rachael Litton (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) won in the top-flight, and Kara Murphy (Worcester, Pa./Methacton) and Melanie Scott (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) won in the second-flight.
Merrimack took the first, second and third-flight matches in singles, but Bentley was victorious in the other three. Brittany Harbert (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet) beat Alyx Barnes in the fourth-flight, 6-0, 6-3, and junior Katie Van Gilst (Harwinton, Conn./Lewis S. Mills) defeated Mollie Fitzgerald in the fifth-flight, 6-4, 6-3.
Bentley continues its home stand Wednesday afternoon against Franklin Pierce at 12:30 p.m.
At Waltham, Mass.
Bentley 5, Merrimack 4
1. Rachael Litton/Paulina Sotomayor (BEN) def. Courtney Garvey/Alyx Barnes (MER) 8-1
2. Kara Murphy/Melanie Scott (BEN) def. Kara Hole/Mollie Fitzgerald (MER) 8-4
1. Shakee Messina (MER) def. Paulina Sotomayor (BEN) 6-1, 6-1
2. Kara Hole (MER) def. Kara Murphy (BEN) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
3. Courtney Garvey (MER) def. Rachael Litton (BEN) 6-3, 6-1
4. Brittany Harbert (BEN) def. Alyx Barnes (MER) 6-0, 6-3
5. Katie Van Gilst (BEN) def. Mollie Fitzgerald (MER) 6-4, 6-3
6. Stephania Adondakis (BEN) def. Erin McMahon (MER) 6-4, 6-4
Merrimack 8-12, 7-4 NE-10
Bentley 7-10, 7-3 NE-10