Women's Tennis Defeats Merrimack, 7-2

Sept. 18, 2006

Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's tennis team won eight of ten matches, including all three doubles matches, in a 7-2 victory over Merrimack College on Saturday in Worcester, Mass. Freshman Ivette Konopka (Shelton, Conn.) and Kristen Meahl (Falmouth, Maine) each made an impact their first time on the home courts. Konopka defeated her singles opponent Jessie Lamb in two solid sets of tennis, winning each set 6-0. Meahl had similar dominance against Brittany Holmes, needing only the two sets to beat her opponent: 6-0, 6-0.

Junior Amy Garrity (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) had the opportunity to beat Merrimack's Nora Cahill on two occasions, beating her convincingly 6-1, 6-2 in their singles match. The two would see each other again in their doubles match. Garrity was paired with Konopka for the match, which the duo would win over Cahill and her partner Alison Mircarelli by a score of 8-4.

Senior Meredith Bacon (Hanover, N.H.) would lose a tough match to Mircarelli, 4-6, 4-6. Junior Meg Moran (Concord, N.H.) would also lose to Caitlin Dunn in two sets, 4-6, 1-6. Bacon and Moran would be teamed together for their doubles match, where Moran would again face Dunn (paired with Lamb) and have the opportunity to return the favor of the loss. Moran and Bacon would take the match 8-5.

Meahl was paired with sophomore Paige Brown (Huntington, N.Y.) who defeated the Merrimack pair of Holmes/Elise Dufour by a score of 8-0. Freshman Megan Manahan (Waverly, Pa) and sophomore Melanie Bunke (Glastonbury, Conn.) would each win their singles matches as well. Manahan defeated Allison Lydon 8-2 and Bunke won 8-1 against Andrea Faris.

The Crusaders start off 1-0, while Merrimack drops to 0-1. Holy Cross women's tennis is back on the courts Saturday, September 23, taking on Siena in Worcester, Mass. Matches are scheduled to begin at 10 am.