CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Three-time defending champion Richmond earned a quick 4-0 victory over La Salle Friday in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at Boar's Head Sports Club.
The Spiders claimed the doubles point immediately. Melissa Kandinata and Elizabeth Sims earned a convincing 8-0 win over Chloe Trave and Kiara Smith. Mariana Arana and Ripley Hartmeyer sealed the deal with an 8-1 victory over Courtney Babo and Pearl Wilkins.
The Spiders played fiercely in singles play, downing all of their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Nil Horoz was the first to finish with a pair of 6-0 wins over Sarah Chambers in the No. 6 position. In No. 2 singles senior Helen Cunningham continued the rally by downing Celesta Smith 6-0, 6-0. Junior Alexandra Smyth clinched the final point for the Spiders by tallying a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Courtney Babo in No. 5 singles.
The No. 3 seeded Spiders, who have won eight of the last nine Atlantic 10 Championships, will play George Washington on Friday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Live scoring, along with results, recaps, and photos for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship will be available via the league's official website Atlantic 10.com.
No. 3 Richmond 4, No. 14 La Salle 0
1.Cunningham/Smyth (UR) vs. Vamvakitis/Smith (LAS), 7-1 DNF
2. Kandinata/Sims (UR) def. Trave/Smith (LAS), 8-0
3. Arana/Hartmeyer (UR) def. Babo/Wilkins (LAS), 8-1
1.Joanna Matuszczyk (UR) vs. Kiara Smith (LAS), 6-1, 5-0 DNF
2.Helen Cunningham (UR) def. Celecsta Smith (LAS), 6-0, 6-0
3. Melissa Kandinata (UR) vs. Elli Vamvakitis (LAS), 6-1, 5-0 DNF
4. Elizabeth Sims (UR) vs. Chloe Trave (LAS), 6-1, 3-0 DNF
5. Alexandra Smyth (UR) def. Courtney Babo (LAS), 6-0, 6-0
6. Nil Horoz (UR) def. Sarah Chambers (LAS), 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6,2,5