CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va- On the backs of freshmen Katya Salas, Emily Gitman, and Anna Abadias as well as Sophomore Melissa Kandinata the Spider women’s tennis team overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat Charlotte 4-3 after almost four hours of play.
“Today’s match was an epic battle,” said head coach Mark Wesselink. “We knew Charlotte was going to be tough."
The Spiders lost the doubles point, and then fell behind 3-0 with losses at the No. 5 and No. 2 spot.
Salas began the Spider comeback with a 6-2, 6-1 win with confident forehands and dominant backhands at the No. 4 position. Fellow freshman Abadias played a tight first set and pulled out a 7-5 win. In the second set she sealed the point with a 6-3 win at the No. 3 spot.
Gitman tied up the match 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 position.
The match came down to showdown at the No. 1 position. Kandinata lost the first set 2-6 then bounced back with a 6-3 victory in the second. All eyes were on Kandinata, as the match rested on her shoulders. The score went back and fourth and Kandinata took the set and the match with a score of 6-4.
“I knew that Melissa had the talent and the skills to tough it out and win it in the end,” said Kandinata’s doubles partner, Katya Salas.
The squad will continue the chase for their fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 title tomorrow in an all Richmond showdown against VCU. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.
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- Grosselius/Ekelund def. Kandinata/Salas 8-4
- Takayanagi/Baker def. Sims/Smyth 8-5
- Abadias/Gitman vs. Perez/Zinn
Order of Finish 1,2
- Melissa Kandinata def. Alex Zinn 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
- Natsuko Takayanagai def . Elizabeth Sims 6-3, 6-2
- Anna Abadias def. Elizabeth Sims 7-5, 6-3
- Katya Salas def. Tyler Baker 6-2, 6-1
- Anna Ekelund def. Alex Smyth 6-0, 6-2
- Emily Gitman def. Iveta Guneva 6-4, 6-0
Order of Finish 5,2,4,3,6,1