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Women's Tennis Triumphs Over Longwood
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 02/03/2013
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RICHMOND, Va.- Women's tennis defeated instate competitor, Longwood, 6-1 in the first home match of the season on Sunday.

The Spiders came out strong, winning all three doubles matches.  Anna Abadias and Katya Salas won 8-3 at the No. 1 position.  Melissa Kandinata and Alexandra Smyth handily defeated Malin Allgurin and Sarah Moomau 8-1 at the No. 2 position while Emily Gitman and Ripley Hartmeyer won 8-5.

The Spiders continued into singles play with the momentum.  Kandinata blanked Marta Pinyol 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 slot.

"Melissa was near perfection today," said head coach Mark Wesselink. "She constructed beautiful points and finished at the net.

The freshman strung together three solid wins.  Abadias defeated Malin Allgurin 6-2, 7-6 at the No. 2 position.   Salas pulled out a win over Allison Shulman 5-7, 6-4 (9) at the No. 3 spot, while Emily Gitman played her way to victory against Sarah Moomau 6-2, 6-1.

"All three freshman played at a high level today," said Wesselink. "They are a bit like the Three Muskateers- very different with their own exceptional skills and thriving in a team setting."

Senior Alex Smyth pulled out a 6-2, 2-1 win over Hannah Hill despite injury at the No. 5 position.

"Captain Alex Smyth showed great leadership in dominating despite being hampered by an injury," said Wesselink.

The team travels up to Philly for a three match road swing against, Penn, Temple and Saint Joseph's next weekend.

Richmond 6, Longwood 1

1)      Anna Abadias & Katya Salas def. Pinyol & Shulman 8-3
2)      Melissa Kandinata & Alex Smyth def. Allgurin & Moomau 8-1
3)      Emily Gitman & Ripley Hartmeyer def. Parker & Hill 8-5

1)      Kandinata def. Pinyol 6-0, 6-0
2)      Abadias def. Allgurin 6-2, 7-6 (1)
3)      Salas def. Shulman 5-7, 6-4 (9)
4)      Gitman def. Moomau 6-2, 6-1
5)      Smyth def. Hill 6-2, 2-1 ret.
6)      Parker def. Pons Cano 6-0, 6-0

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