CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Sophomore Kaitlynn Cates (Middlebury, Conn.) and freshman Alex Hernandez (Newton, Mass.) each posted wins in singles and doubles play as Suffolk remained unbeaten on the season with a 6-3 Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s tennis dual-match victory over Emerson Saturday afternoon on the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Courts.
The host Rams (8-0, 5-0 Great Northeast) won five of the six singles contests to overcome an early deficit after the visiting Lions (5-2, 2-2 Great Northeast) had taken two of the three doubles affairs. Cates and Hernandez each won in straight sets at the number two and three singles spots and teamed up for an 8-1 triumph at number two doubles for Suffolk, which also received singles wins from junior Kellie Sturma (Newman, Ga.) in three sets at the number one position as well as senior Jen Nelson (Newburyport, Mass.) and sophomore Catarina Rosa (Fall River, Mass.) at numbers four and five, respectively.
Sophomore Christina Laboissoniere (Pawtucket, R.I.) was a double-winner on the day for Emerson, as she notched a straight set triumph at number six singles and teamed with senior Christina Skevington (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) for an 8-6 victory at number three doubles for the Lions.
Suffolk heads to Hartford, Conn. on Monday afternoon to take on St. Joseph (Conn.) in a Great Northeast dual-match that begins at 4:00 p.m., while Emerson hosts Simmons in a Great Northeast dual-match on Monday afternoon in Weymouth, Mass. that begins at 2:00 p.m.
#1 Kellie Sturma (SUF) def. Kayleigh Holt (EME) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2)
#2 Kaitlynn Cates (SUF) def. Laura Miley (EME) 6-0, 6-2
#3 Alex Hernandez (SUF) def. Kelly McCarthy (EME) 6-0, 6-0
#4 Jen Nelson (SUF) def. Erika Rydberg (EME) 6-0, 6-0
#5 Catarina Rosa (SUF) def. Christina Skevington (EME) 6-2, 7-5
#6 Christina Laboissoniere (EME) def. Stephanie Nasr (SUF) 6-3, 6-4
#1 Holt/Miley (EME) def. Nasr/Rosa (SUF) 8-2
#2 Cates/Hernandez (SUF) def. McCarthy/Rydberg (EME) 8-1
#3 Laboissoniere/Skevington (EME) def. Jenna Pecoraro/Rachael Troia (SUF) 8-6
Suffolk 8-0 (5-0 Great Northeast)
Emerson 5-2 (2-2 Great Northeast)