CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Spider women’s team picked up a huge 4-0 win over Butler in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Championships in Charlottesville, Va. on Thursday.
In doubles action, Anna Abadias and Emily Gitman won 8-4 at the No. 3 position to pick up their eighth consecutive win of the season. Butler struck back with an 8-6 win over Melissa Kandinata and Katya Salas at the No. 1 spot to tie up the doubles point 1-1.
The point rested on the backs of Elizabeth Sims and Alex Smyth. The duo fought back and fourth at the No. 2 position to prevail with a 9-8 win, clinching the doubles point for the Spiders.
The momentum from the doubles point spilled over to singles action. Gitman breezed past her opponent with a quick 6-1 , 6-1 win to pick up the Spiders first singles point.
Salas earned a 6-2 win in the first set of the No. 4 position and then finished off her opponent 6-0 in the second set for the point.
Smyth sealed the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at the No. 5 position.
The Spiders will play Charlotte tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Boars Head Inn.
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1. Melissa Kandinata (UR) vs. Caroline Hedrick (BU) 6-3, 3-1, DNF
2. Stephanie McLoughlin (BU) vs. Elizabeth Sims (UR) 6-2, 5-2, DNF
3. Anna Abadias (UR) vs. Brittany Farmer (BU) 6-2, 4-4, DNF
4. Katya Salas (UR) def. Konstantina Adami (BU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Alexandra Smyth (UR) def. Lauren Shull (BU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Emily Gitman (UR) def. Sienna Reuter (BU) 6-1, 6-1
1. Caroline Hedrick/Brittany Farmer (BU) def. Melissa Kandinata/Katya Salas (UR) 8-6
2. Elizabeth Sims/Alexandra Smyth (UR) def. Stephanie McLoughlin/Konstantina Adami (BU) 9-8 (1)
3. Anna Abadias/Emily Gitman (UR) def. Sienna Reuter/Laura Shull (BU) 8-4