UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va- The women’s tennis team begins their hunt for their fifth straight A-10 title on Thursday in Charlottesville, Va.
The Spiders are seeded fourth overall in the tournament. The Spiders are 9-11 this season but have won six of their last seven games including big wins over Georgetown and East Carolina.
Melissa Kandinata earned Performer of the Week twice this season and boasts a record of 10-10 at the No. 1 position. She is currently on a six-match win streak. Throughout the season Kandinata has paired up with freshman Katya Salas at the No. 1 doubles position. The two are 7-7 in action.
The freshman duo of Emily Gitman and Anna Abadias have amassed a 9-3 record in singles play and are currently on a seven match win streak at the No. 3 position.
Senior Alex Smyth will return to the court for her final Atlantic 10 Championship. Smyth has picked up seven wins in spring play.
The Spiders will face 13th seeded Butler on Thursday. Butler is 4-16 on the year with wins over Dayton, Morehead State, Evansville, and IUPUI. Caroline Hedrick leads the squad in singles wins with nine wins in spring play, where she picked up four of those wins at the No. 1 position.
The Atlantic 10 Tournament is a four-day, single-elimination tournament. The winner will receive the automatic bid to compete in the NCAA tournament.
Richmond has won eight of the last nine Atlantic 10 tournaments.
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