Women’s Tennis Net Two Wins at Home on Saturday

Katie Staman picked up the lone point for the Marlins on Sunday
Katie Staman picked up the lone point for the Marlins on Sunday

Virginia Beach, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's tennis team went 2-0 on Saturday by defeating Penn State Abington and Guilford College 8-1 and 9-0 respectively. 

In the morning match against Penn State Abington, the freshman doubles team of Makayla Velic and Audrey Bally took #1 doubles 8-3 leading the Marlins to a 2-1 advantage heading into singles.  In singles action, both Velic and Bally won in straight sets at #1 and #2 respectively.  Junior Katie Staman battled through a hard fought 7-5, 6-4 win at #3 singles while both Taylor Witherspoon and Jackly Cheely only dropped 4 games collectively in route to straight set wins at #4 and #5 singles respectively.

In the afternoon match against conference opponent Guilford College the Lady Marlins continued their dominant play losing only 5 games collectively in 9 matches played.  VWU opened up the match by sweeping all three courts 8-0, 8-1 and 8-1.   In singles, Katie Staman, Freshman Courtney Simmons and sophomore Kristina Sabelstrom each defeated their opponents 6-0, 6-0 on courts #3, #4 and #6 respectively.  Senior Kellen Phillips earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory at #5 singles in her first match back after finishing her basketball season.

With the win the Marlins improve to 4-1 on the young season.  Their next match will be this upcoming Tuesday at home against Pikeville University.  Match time is set for 3PM.