The University of Richmond women’s tennis team collected its fourth straight victory after winning 5-2 against St. Bonaventure University at the Spiders’ home court on April 15. The home win also marked the team’s regular season final home game.
In the singles competition, UR went 5-for-6 in its matches. Fifth-year Emily Dunbar was first in the line up and started UR off strong with a 6-4 and 7-5 win. Sophomore Carly Cohen followed her sister-in-red with a 6-0 and 6-4 win. Senior Helene Heiberg was third and collected her 6-1 and 6-2 wins.
Junior Marta Buendia secured back-to-back 6-1 wins and sophomore Sara Salemyr fell to the Wolves with a close 6-7 loss and a 2-6 loss to round the match up.
Junior Emily Garvin played two matches and a tie-breaker, keeping fans on their feet. Garvin lost her first match 4-6, but came back swinging to win 6-3 and 10-8 to secure UR's fifth singles win of the day.
In the doubles competition, the Spiders went undefeated with a perfect 3-3 sweep to kick the Wolves back to their den. Both pairs — Dunbar and Salemyr and Cohen and Buendia — won their doubles matches 6-3. Heiberg and Garvin rounded out the day with a close-shave 7-6 win to wrap up the day.
The Spiders’ men’s tennis team closed the seal on its regular season with a 5-2 win against St. Bonaventure also on April 15.
Sophomore Daniel Kliebhan was the first Spider to play in the singles competition, but fell after losing 2-6 and 4-6 against the Wolves. The loss, however, did not halt the Spiders’ momentum. Senior John Walsh followed behind his brother-in-red with 6-3 and 6-4 wins. Senior Alex Wernink faced trouble with two matches and a tie-breaker, but clutched the win with 6-1 and 6-4 wins after a 3-6 loss.
Senior Campbell Erwin was fourth in the lineup and collected his 6-1 and 6-3 wins for UR’s third win.
Sophomore Sebastian Miano went undefeated with perfect 6-0 wins over the Wolves. Alaister Burke was the final Spider to play in the singles competition, where he fell against St. Bonaventure 6-7 and 4-6.
In the doubles competition, UR went 2-for-3 after Walsh and Erwin wiped the court 6-0 with the Wolves pelts. Kliebhan and Burke followed behind with a near-perfect 6-1 win. Wernink and Miano fell to St. Bonaventure in the last doubles match, losing 6-4.
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Women’s tennis will play again at 2 p.m. on April 27 at the Atlantic 10 Conference Chamionship in Orlando, Florida.
Men’s tennis will play again April 28-May 1 in Orlando, Florida, for the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, rounding out their regular season 11-10.
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