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Men's, women’s tennis defeats St. Bonaventure

<p>Sophomore Daniel Kliebhan raises his racket at the home game against St. Bonaventure University on April 15.</p>

Sophomore Daniel Kliebhan raises his racket at the home game against St. Bonaventure University on April 15.

Women’s Tennis

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. 

Men’s Tennis

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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