GREENSBORO, N.C. – Solid performances all around helped the Elon University women’s tennis team to its first dual win of the 2013 season today, Jan. 25, as the Phoenix claimed a 6-1 win over the Richmond Spiders at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.
Elon improves to 1-1 on the year as a team, while Richmond, last year’s Atlantic 10 Conference champion, drops to 0-2 with the setback.
Elon took an early 1-0 match lead after winning two out of three doubles matches against Richmond. Jordan Johnston and Frida Jansaker improved to 4-1 on the year with an 8-2 decision versus Richmond’s Melissa Kandinata and Alexandra Smyth. Barbora Lazarova and Viviana Stavreva were also victorious in doubles, topping the Spiders’ Anna Abadías Morales and Katya Salas, 8-3.
Johnston battled back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to top Kandinata at No. 1 singles in three sets. Johnston won the next two sets, 7-5, 10-6, to earn the point for the maroon and gold.
Stavreva also battled tough to win a three-set thriller against Richmond. Stavreva earned her second singles win of the season after defeating Salas, 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.
Jansaker improved her singles mark to 4-1 on the year at the No. 2 singles position, claimed a 6-0, 6-4 win in straight sets over Abadías Morales.
At No. 4 singles, Bryn Khoury claimed her third victory of the season, topping Richmond’s Emily Gitman in impressive fashion, 6-0, 6-2.
At No. 6 singles, 119th-ranked Briana Berne improved her record to 3-1 on the year, dispatching Richmond’s Smyth in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Elon is back in action at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center tomorrow when it takes on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 4 p.m.