Troy, NY – The Sage Colleges' women's tennis team hosted the Knights of Mt. St. Mary College, the four-time defending champions of the Skyline Conference and the league's pre-season favorite. The Gators posted a 6-3 win for the program's first win over MSMC and the biggest win for head coach Bruce Perry, who is now in his third season with the Gators. The victory puts Sage at 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Skyline, while MSMC drops to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Sage's junior Kirsten Ackerman (Rensselear, NY/Guilderland) was a double winner as she posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory over senior Jamie Lubniewski (Middletown, NY/Middletown) at No. 1 singles. She boasts a 6-0 record at No. 1 singles this fall. She teamed at No. 1 doubles with senior Nicole Riley (Catskill, NY/Catskill) to post the team's only other win as they beat Lubniewski and junior Alissa Niad (Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown), 8-4. Ackerman and Riley are now 6-0 with one another this season in doubles play.
Riley posted a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles over Niad and improves her single record this fall to 3-2.
After Saturday's win in singles action, Ackerman is now 19-0 lifetime at Sage in dual match singles play and 20-1 overall in singles as a Gator and is this week's reining Skyline Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week.
Junior Lauren Bendall (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) was victorious at No. 5 singles as she defeated rookie Katie Conroy (Middletown, NY/John S. Burke Catholic), 6-1, 6-1. Bendall is now 3-0 in singles play this fall.
Sage returns to action on Monday, September 23 hosting the Golden Knights of the College of Saint Rose at Prospect Park in a match commencing at 4:00 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Mount Saint Mary College vs The Sage Colleges
Sep 21, 2013 at Troy, NY (Prospect Park)
The Sage Colleges 6, Mount Saint Mary College 3
1. Ackerman, Kristen (SAGEWOM) def. Lubniewski, Jaimee (MSMC-W) 6-2, 6-4
2. Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) def. Niad, Alissa (MSMC-W) 6-4, 7-5
3. Duffy, Erin (SAGEWOM) def. Torre, Jillian (MSMC-W) 5-7, 7-5, 10-6
4. Scott, Breanna (MSMC-W) def. Schultz, Katie (SAGEWOM) 6-3, 6-2
5. Bendall, Lauren (SAGEWOM) def. Conroy, Katie (MSMC-W) 6-1, 6-1
6. Mendozza, Shanessa (SAGEWOM) def. Buckley, Jessica (MSMC-W) 6-4, 6-3
1. Ackerman, Kristen/Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) def. Lubniewski, Jaimee/Niad, Alissa (MSMC-W) 8-4
2. Scott, Breanna/Torre, Jillian (MSMC-W) def. Bendall, Lauren/Duffy, Erin (SAGEWOM) 8-5
3. Pimienta, Sarah/Hendricks, Ellen (MSMC-W) def. Fowler, Dana/Race, Julia (SAGEWOM) 8-3
Mount Saint Mary College 0-3, 0-1 Skyline
The Sage Colleges 4-2, 1-1 Skyline
T-3 hours A-25