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Spiders Drop Battle with Emory, 5-2
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 03/18/2017
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women’s tennis team was back at the Westhampton Courts on Saturday after a long hiatus from home outdoor play, but couldn’t come away with the win, falling to Emory, 5-2.

“We fought hard, but we need to be mentally tougher on the big points,” head coach Mark Wesseink said post-match. “Experience is a big part of it, because we're young, but it's time to start building confidence and finding a way to win.”

The Spiders started strong, taking the doubles point to jump out to a 1-0 lead with wins at courts 1 and 3. Gaby Rosales and Brittany Boys made quick work of their opponents at No. 1, winning 6-3, before Dessislava Zlateva and Lea Owens clinched the point with a a 6-4 win at No. 3.

Emory took control in singles play, winning tight matches on courts 1-5. Ana Ramirez was the lone Spider to win in singles, taking down Paula Castro at No. 6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

“We have 11 matches over the next few weeks,” Wesselink said. “I think the team understands the work we need to put in to start a run for the Atlantic 10 Championships.”

Richmond returns to action on Friday, March 24, when the team hosts Delaware at the Westhampton Courts. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m.

Emory 5, Richmond 2
1) Bridget Harding (Emory) def. Dessislava Zlateva (UR) – 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2) Michelle Satterfield (Emory) def. Gaby Rosales (UR) – 6-2, 7-6 (4)
3) Daniela Lopez (Emory) def. Lea Owens (UR) – 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
4) Katarina Su (Emory) def. Kiana Marshall (UR) – 7-6 (4), 6-1
5) Melissa Goodman (Emory) def. Brittany Boys (UR) – 6-4, 6-3
6) Ana Ramirez (UR) def. Paula Castro (Emory) – 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2, 6, 3*, 1

1) Gaby Rosales/Brittany Boys (UR) def. Bridget Harding/Katarina Su (Emory) – 6-3
2) Daniela Lopez/Michelle Satterfield (Emory) def. Kiana Marshall/Lyndell Giffenig (UR) – 6-4
3) Dessi Zlateva/Lea Owens (UR) def. Paula Castro/Michelle DeMeo (Emory) – 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3*, 2

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