PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- Strong freshmen performances elevated the women's tennis team to a 5-2 victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday.
"The young ones carried us today with crucial wins in doubles and singles," said head coach Mark Wesselink.
The Spiders won the doubles point, winning all three matches. Melissa Kandinata paired up with Katya Salas to win 8-3 at the No. 1 position. The freshmen duo of Anna Abadias and Emily Gitman defeated Aurora Davis and Lauren Roy, 8-5 at the No. 2 spot while Mariana Arana and Georgina Pons Cano secured a solid 8-3 win in the No. 3 slot.
With the momentum of the double's sweep, the Spiders pulled together a string of wins in the top four positions. Kandinata pulled out a tough 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory at the No. 1 position against Casey Robinson.
The freshmen were undefeated in singles play. Abadias played her way to a 7-6(2), 6-2 victory over Davis. Salas commanded the court in the No. 3 position with a 6-5, 6-0 win over Kristina Eisenbiard.
Gitman's endurance and tenacity was challenged for the second time this weekend as she dueled to three sets at the No. 4 position. She pulled out a 7-6, 5-7, 10-2 win over Devi Jajeda.
"Saint Joseph's is a much improved team that gave us all we can handle," said Wesselink.
The win marks the Spiders third win in a row and second consecutive Atlantic 10 victory.
Richmond concludes the weekend in Philadelphia at Penn on Sunday.
Richmond 5. St Joe's 2
1 Kandinata/Salas def Robinson/Eisenbiard 8-3
2 Abadias/Gitman def Davis/Roy. 8-5
3 Mulguin/Tajeda def Arana/Pons Cano 8-3
1 Kandinata def Robinson 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2 Abadias def Davis 7-6 (2), 6-2
3) Salas def Eisenbiard 6-4, 6-0
4) Gitman def Jajeda 7-6(2), 5-7, 10-2
5) Mulguin def Pons Cano 6-0, 6-4
6) Roy def Arana Retired Injured