UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va.- The Richmond women's tennis team is tabbed to finish second behind city-rival VCU in the Atlantic 10 according to a vote conducted by the league's 16 head coaches.
The Spiders, who won their fourth straight A-10 title in 2012, returns seven letter winners and the 2012 A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie, Melissa Kandinata .
Kandinata competed in the ITA Regionals this fall in singles and paired up with freshman Katya Salas in doubles. The duo advanced to the Round of 32 with a 8-1 win over Navy.
Last season junior Elizabeth Sims was named to the second team All-Conference after earning 14 singles wins at the number four position. Sims went 3-1 at the Cissie Leary Invitational this fall.
The Spiders welcome three freshmen, Katya Salas, Emily Gitman, and Anna Abadías Morales . Salas was ranked number 70 nationally in high school and went 5-2 in fall play and opened spring play with a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 win over William & Mary's Hope Johnson.
Abadias and Gitman have paired up with several partners over the course of the fall. Abadias partnered with Sims a the Cissie Leary Invitational and finished with a record of 4-1.
The Spiders are looking to reclaim their A-10 title and make their 12th NCAA appearance this spring. The 2013 A-10 Women's Tennis tournament will be held at the Boar's Head Sport Club in Charlottesville, Va. on April 18-21.
The squad is on a two match road swing in North Carolina this weekend with a match against Elon and Wake Forest.
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