NORTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College women's tennis team cruised to a 9-0 victory over visiting Clark University in Saturday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match that began in the Beard Field House and finished outside at the Clark Tennis Courts.
Finishing their fall regular season slate on a high note, the Lyons forced a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings. Wheaton is now 7-3 overall and 4-3 in league play. Clark fell to 6-9 and 1-6.
Playing doubles inside, the Lyons allowed a combined four games in their three matches. Senior Julia Parmakian (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) and freshman Caroline DiNicola-Fawley (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro Union) blanked their opposition at number three.
Junior Lyndsay Cooke (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian) and sophomore Alexandra Marlowe (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) notched an 8-1 victory at first doubles, while juniors Morgan Bell (Gloucester, Mass./Pingree School) and Sarah Crom (Bremen, Germany/International School of Bremen) won 8-3 in the second spot.
Wheaton had four singles players sweep their counterparts, including Marlowe at two, Bell at three, DiNicola-Fawley at five and senior Jesse Boggis (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) at six. Crom turned in a 6-1, 6-4 win in the fourth position.
The tightest match of the day came at first singles, as Cooke and Cougar junior Gaby Suriano (San Salvador, El Salvador/Academia Britanica) battled in a tiebreaker. Cooke took the opening set by a 6-1 count before Suriano blanked Cooke in the middle set, but Cooke bounced back to post a 10-6 victory in the super tiebreaker to complete the team sweep.
Seeded fourth based on points scored between the three tied teams during the regular season, the Lyons host fifth seed Mount Holyoke College in Wednesday's opening round at 3:00 p.m.
Regardless of Wednesday's result, Wheaton also hosts next Saturday's semifinal round matches and Sunday's championship match.