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Dolphins Upset Greyhounds in First Round Thriller
Southern New Hampshire rolled on to the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals with an impressive 5-0 win, while Le Moyne knocked off Assumption in a classic First Round showdown. Here's how Wednesday's action went down:
#3 Southern New Hampshire 5, #6 Merrimack 0
GOFFSTOWN, N.H. - Junior Sofia Morais won a pair of matches, including the clincher, as the third-seeded Penmen dispatched sixth-seeded Merrimack, 5-0, Wednesday in the first round of the NE10 Championship at the YMCA Allard Center to advance to the semifinal round for the 11th consecutive year. The Penmen will head to Garden City, N.Y. to take on #2 Adelphi in one semifinal Friday afternoon.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to an early lead, with juniors Anna Sala and freshman Casey Burns taking down Mana Seifaei and Danielle Dunn, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles. Junior Kaitlyn Poje and senior Lindsay Baum followed suit with an 8-3 triumph at No. 2 over Mia Briggs and Cassie Restrepo. Morais and classmate Rachel Wagner made it a clean sweep of doubles by pulling out an 8-6 victory at No. 3 against Mackenzie Blair and Lauren Persson.
Burns made it 4-0 by cruising to a 6-3, 6-0 win against Restrepo at No. 4 singles, before Morais downed Persson, 6-2, 6-2 to end it.
#5 Le Moyne 5, #4 Assumption 4
WORCESTER, Mass. - Fifth-seeded Le Moyne upset fourth-seeded Assumpion in a First Round matchup this afternoon. With the win, the Dolphins will head to take on Stonehill in Friday's Semifinal Round of the NE10 Championship
Assumption took a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, but Le Moyne came out hot at singles, as they took a 3-2 lead after winning at No. 1 and No. 4 singles. Julia Chappell tied the match up at 3-3 after winning at No. 2 singles 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, before the Dolphins posted a win at No. 3 singles to take a 4-3 advantage. The Hounds once again evened the match as they posted a win at No. 6 singles. Marta Nunez, who was named a First Team All-Conference selection earlier in the day, won a three-set affair at No. 5 to clinch the win for the Dolphins.
Additional information for this release provided by the Southern New Hampshire athetics communications staff
2017 NE10 Women's Tennis Championship Schedule
Wednesday, October 25
Match #1: #3 Southern New Hampshire 5, #6 Merrimack 0
Match #2: #5 Le Moyne 5, #4 Assumption 4
Friday, October 27
Match #3: #3 Southern New Hampshire at #2 Adelphi - 1pm
Match #4: #5 Le Moyne at #1 Stonehill - 1pm
Sunday, October 29
Championship (to be held at highest remaining seed)
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner - 1pm
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