QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College women's tennis team earned a 5-4 victory over Johnson & Wales Tuesday afternoon at the ENC Tennis Courts to lock up a top-two finish in the league standings and a first-round bye in the GNAC Tournament.
The Lions improve to 10-0 on the year and 6-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) with the win. The Wildcats sink to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in league competition with the result.
The home side snagged a 2-1 lead after doubles play on Monday before a weather delay.
The two teams returned to the courts Tuesday to conclude the match with singles action. Eastern Nazarene claimed three singles wins to seal its 10th-straight victory.
Biondi topped Parry 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles position. Ruttkowski notched her team-leading 10th singles victory of the fall as she rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win at the second slot over Torre.
Duval clinched the match with a three-set win at the No. 3 singles position over Macchirole. Duval captured the first frame 6-4 before Macchirole pulled even with a 6-2 decision in the second. In the decisive third set, Duval downed Macchirole 7-5.
Jimenez, Arretche, and Sherrill dropped straight-set decisions at the fourth, fifth, and sixth singles spots, respectively.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene hosts Colby-Sawyer October 10 in a showdown between the conference's top two teams. Both squads enter the match with 6-0 marks in league competition.