When and Where: October 25, 2017 – Goffstown, N.H. (YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Merrimack College 0
Records: SNHU 11-3, Merrimack 7-6
Death, taxes and the Southern New Hampshire University women's tennis team in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Championship.
Junior Sofia Morais (Porto, Portugal) won a pair of matches, including the clincher, as the third-seeded Penmen dispatched sixth-seeded Merrimack College, 5-0, Wednesday in the first round of the NE10 Championship at the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown to advance to the semifinal round for the 11th consecutive year.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to an early lead, with juniors Anna Sala (Matadepera, Spain) and freshman Casey Burns (Westbrook, Conn.) taking down Mana Seifaei and Danielle Dunn, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles. Junior Kaitlyn Poje (E. Stroudsburg, Pa.) and senior Lindsay Baum (No. Salem, N.Y.) followed suit with an 8-3 triumph at No. 2 over Mia Briggs and Cassie Restrepo. Morais and classmate Rachel Wagner (Framingham, Mass.) 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.
- Morais and Burns extend their dual-match singles winning streaks to seven and five, respectively.
- Southern New Hampshire improves to 14-10 (.583) all-time in the Northeast-10 Championship.
- The Penmen will be trying to advance to the title match for the first time since 2013.
The Penmen return to action Friday, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.) when they travel to take on second-seeded Adelphi University with a trip to the finals on the line.
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