Demon Deacons Snap Elon Women’s Tennis Winning Streak

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Elon University women’s tennis team’s eight-match winning streak came to an end today, March 16, with a 6-1 loss on the road against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center.

“We played well in doubles and had several opportunities to win the point,” said Elon head coach Elizabeth Anderson. “I was very impressed with Barbora’s singles match. She showed a lot of positive energy, heart and played an extremely smart match. We are looking forward to a full week of practice and are excited about hosting Furman on Friday.”

The Phoenix started the match hot with Bryn Khoury and Taylor Casey winning 8-5 on doubles court No. 3 against Karen Forman and Brigita Bercyte, but the Demon Deacons evened the doubles point with the No. 72 duo of Luisa Fernandez and Samantha Asch pulling away late to top Frida Jansaker and Maria Camara Ruizon court No. 2. Jansaker and Camara Ruiz kept the set close before Wake Forest got breaks to put the Elon duo away 8-4.

With a chance to win the doubles point for the Phoenix, Jordan Johnston and Barbora Lazarova broke Xue Zhang and Kasey Gardiner to go up 7-6, but the Wake Forest pair broke Elon to tie it at seven and send the set to a tiebreaker. Zhang and Gardiner went on to win the tiebreaker 7-3 to take the set and earn the doubles point from the Phoenix.

From there, the Demon Deacons kept rolling toward the victory with wins on court Nos. 1, 2 and 4 before Elon picked up a point from Lazarova on court No. 2. The junior defeated Asch 6-2, 6-4 to earn Elon’s only point of the afternoon.

Both Casey and Tolley Rice on court Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, quickly dropped first sets against their opponents, but the two both put up fights in their second sets before ultimately falling.

With nonconference action now in the rearview mirror, Elon returns home after its brief two-match road trip this Friday, March 21, against Furman. The match at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center against the Paladins is set for 2:30 p.m.

Tennis Match Results
Elon University vs Wake Forest
Mar 16, 2014 at Winston-Salem, N.C.
(Indoor Tennis Center)
Wake Forest 6, Elon University 1

Singles competition
1. Kimmy Guerin (WF) def. Jordan Johnston (ELON) 6-2, 6-1
2. Luisa Fernandez (WF) def. Frida Jansaker (ELON) 6-4, 6-0
3. Barbora Lazarova (ELON) def. Samantha Asch (WF) 6-2, 6-4
4. Kasey Gardiner (WF) def. Bryn Khoury (ELON) 6-0, 6-2
5. Xue Zhang (WF) def. Taylor Casey (ELON) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Karen Forman (WF) def. Tolley Rice (ELON) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Xue Zhang/Kasey Gardiner (WF) def. Jordan Johnston/Barbora Lazarova (ELON) 8-7 (7-3)
2. #72 Luisa Fernandez/Samantha Asch (WF) def. Frida Jansaker/Maria Camara Ruiz (ELON) 8-4
3. Bryn Khoury/Taylor Casey (ELON) def. Karen Forman/Brigita Bercyte (WF) 8-5

Match Notes:
Elon University 8-5
Wake Forest 9-6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)
T-2:59 A-57