No. 75 Wake Forest Earns 6-1 Victory over No. 59 Virginia Tech
March 22, 2014
By Ben Helms, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Fueled by a straight-sets victory from freshman Luisa Fernandez and wins at the bottom of the singles lineup, No. 75 Wake Forest defeated No. 59 Virginia Tech 6-1 Saturday on the Leighton Courts at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Fernandez, playing at the third position, dominated Kelly Williford in the first set, then closed out strong to pick up a 6-0, 6-2 win and give Wake Forest (10-6, 2-5 ACC) its first singles point.
Though she fell behind early in the first set, Xue Zhang found her groove and picked up a victory at the sixth seed to push the Demon Deacon lead to 3-0. Zhang defeated Carol Kahoun of Virginia Tech by a score of 6-4, 6-1.
Kasey Gardiner had no problem prevailing over Virginia Tech (9-7, 2-5 ACC) freshman Sansitha Nandakumar at the No. 5 position. Gardiner sprinted out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back, winning by a score of 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match for the Deacons.
After the match had already been decided, Kimmy Guerin picked up a big win at the second position against No. 75 Francesca Fusinato of Virginia Tech. Guerin split the first two sets, then cruised through a third set tiebreaker to take the win, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (2).
Samantha Asch also won at the fourth position after the match had been decided. She defeated Raluca Mita of the Hokies by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
On the doubles side, Wake Forest won at the first and third positions to claim the early 1-0 lead in the match. Playing at number one doubles, Zhang and Gardiner defeated Williford and Stoica of the Hokies by a score of 8-5.
At the third doubles position, Guerin and Karen Forman took down Virginia Tech duo Tea Ivanovic and Nandakumar by a score of 8-5 to clinch the doubles point. Fernandez and Asch were leading 6-5 in their second position doubles match before Wake Forest clinched the doubles point.
At the first singles position, sophomore Andrea Retolaza was forced to retire due to injury in her match against Illinca Stoica of the Hokies. The score stood at 6-0, 1-0 in favor of Stoica when Retolaza retired.
The Deacons will finish off their weekend doubleheader tomorrow when they face No. 13 Miami tomorrow at noon at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. Live stats will be provided on WakeForestSports.com.
#75 Wake Forest 6, #59 Virginia Tech 1