No. 27 women's tennis tops Connecticut College 8-1

Sophomore Lauren Hernandez won in convincing fashion at No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles in Bates' 8-1 victory over Connecticut College on April 15, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 27 nationally ranked Bates women's tennis team defeated a NESCAC opponent by an 8-1 score for the second straight match, downing visiting Connecticut College by that score Sunday morning in Merrill Gym.

Bates (9-5, 3-2 NESCAC) swept the six singles matches, four of them in straight sets, after winning two out of three doubles contests.

The visiting Camels' fifth straight loss drops them to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

Bates senior captain Maisie Silverman (Brunswick, Maine) and junior Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) led 2-1 over Connecticut College's Angelica and Mariah Warren when the Camels' top duo retired, putting Bates up quickly 1-0. The teams split the other two doubles matches, with Bates sophomore Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) and first-year Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) teaming up to defeat Emily Migliorini and Meredith Kenny 8-1 at second doubles, while at third doubles the Camels' Stephanie Simon and Aleksandra Drljaca defeated Bates sophomore Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) and first-year Haley Washington (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) 8-4.

Sweeney moved to 11-3 in both singles play and doubles play (with Hernandez) with her 6-2, 6-0 win over Migliorini at No. 2 singles. Stone defeated Simon 6-3, 6-0 at third singles, and Elfman defeated Angelica Warren 6-1, 6-3 at fourth singles for the Bobcats. Hernandez also won in straight sets at the No. 5 position, 7-5, 6-2 over Rachel Weiss.

The Bobcats prevailed in super tiebreakers at both No. 1 and No. 6 singles, with Silverman outlasting Drljaca 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 at the top spot and Washington coming back from a set down to defeat Hayley Zukerberg 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 at the sixth position.

Bates next plays at No. 5 Wesleyan University on Wednesday, starting at 3:30pm.