Northampton, Mass. - March 26, 2019 - The Springfield College women's tennis team opened up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play in impressive fashion as it blanked host Smith College, 9-0, on Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, Springfield is now 7-1 and has matched its best start in Division III program history, as the 1996 squad also won seven of their first eight matches to start the season.
The Pride's top two doubles teams in Melissa Parrish (Framingham, Mass.) and Juliette Piazza (Portland, Conn.), and Rielly Malz (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Cara Freadman (Richmond, Mass.), each delivered 8-2 victories, while the No. 3 team of Emily Etter (Guilford, Conn.) and Rachel Ahlmeyer (Morris Plains, N.J.) eased their way to an 8-1 win.
Springfield had similar success in singles play as it coasted to the 9-0 victory. Etter, who was this week's NEWMAC Singles Player of the Week, continued to impress at the No. 3 spot with another 6-0, 6-0 win, while Malz followed at the No. 4 position with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Parrish also earned her way to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1, and Freadman registered a 6-2, 6-2 win while playing No. 2 singles on the day. Ahlmeyer chipped in a 6-1, 6-0 victory of her own and Piazza rounded out the day with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6.
Springfield will play its first home match of the second semester when it hosts Babson on Saturday. First serve is at 12 pm.
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