ELON, N.C. – Elon University women’s tennis secured its fourth straight victory on Thursday, Feb. 20, after taking down Gardner-Webb, 4-1.
“We started off very strong in doubles today, and built some good momentum going into singles play,” head coach Elizabeth Anderson explained. “I’m really proud of the team for competing well together and continuing to battle throughout the match. Victoria did a great job of getting the momentum going for us in singles, followed by Alex’s gritty win, which set up Uma to clinch the match in an exciting tiebreaker. We are looking forward to hosting UNCW at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center this Saturday.”
Following today’s match, the Phoenix moved to 8-4 overall this season and has now won seven of its last eight matches.
Alex Koniaev led the way for the Phoenix, fighting back against Milijana Ristic in a three-set battle to take home a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win. In doubles, Koniaev combined with Olivia Archer to defeat Ristic and Daniela Naupari, 6-1, to open the afternoon.
Uma Nayar clinched the victory for the Phoenix, defeating Valentine Limauge in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 7(7)-6. Sophomore Victoria Saldh also played a key role in Elon’s victory today, taking down Naupari in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
Shauna Galvin and Kianna Rizzolo clinched the doubles point for Elon after besting Mayumi Saguchi and Milica Panic, 6-1.
1. Alex Koniaev (ELON) def. RISTIC, Miljana (GWU) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
2. Victoria Saldh (ELON) def. NAUPARI, Daniela (GWU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Olivia Archer (ELON) vs. SAGUCHI, Mayumi (GWU) 6-2, 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
4. Uma Nayar (ELON) def. LIMAUGE, Valentine (GWU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-0)
5. DELSOL, Manon (GWU) def. Kiana Rizzolo (ELON) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
6. Shauna Galvin (ELON) vs. PANIC, Milica (GWU) 6-2, 3-6, 5-5, unfinished
1. Alex Koniaev/Olivia Archer (ELON) def. RISTIC, Miljana/NAUPARI, Daniela (GWU) 6-1
2. Victoria Saldh/Sofia Edo (ELON) vs. LIMAUGE, Valentine/DELSOL, Manon (GWU) 4-3, unfinished
3. Shauna Galvin/Kiana Rizzolo (ELON) def. PANIC, Milica/SAGUCHI, Mayumi (GWU) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,1,4)
Elon will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 22, to take on UNCW at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C. That match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.