Wake Forest Sweeps Radford in Singles at Winter Classic
Jan. 19, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kathryn Talbert and Kasey Gardiner earned a hard-fought victory at No. 1 doubles, and Wake Forest swept all six singles matches against Radford on the opening day of the Wake Forest Winter Classic.
Following the opening day of action at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center, Gardiner is tied with Elon's Jordan Johnston and Frida Jansaker atop the individual points leaderboard with six points. Each of the trio earned victories in No. 1 doubles and top-two singles during Saturday's action.
At the No. 1 doubles spot, Talbert and Gardiner maintained their strong momentum from the fall season, rallying from an early deficit to defeat ETSU's Anna Gerbasi and Lyn Yee Choo 8-5. After trailing 4-3, Wake's top duo fought back strongly, winning four of the final five games to seal the victory.
Despite early struggles in doubles play, the Demon Deacons came on strong once the singles matches were underway. None of the six outcomes were ever truly in doubt as the Deacs completed the sweep of Radford, with each of the six coming in straight-set matches.
"We played really well in the singles after focusing on that this week. Our doubles was a little less sharp so I am hoping we come out with a little more energy in doubles the next two days," head coach Jeff Wyshner said of the team's performance on Saturday.
Brigita Bercyte wrapped up her victory at the No. 5 position first, controlling Radford's Taylor Fay throughout the match with her finesse game. The junior tallied the 6-0, 6-3 victory in just over an hour.
Just after Bercyte had finished, Xue Zhang notched her first singles win of the spring over Taylor Newman at the No. 2 position. Much like her teammate, Zhang grabbed control of her match early on and her victory was never in doubt as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win.
Both Catherine Roach and Kasey Gardiner followed with wins of their own in short order. Roach, who joined the team as a walk-on during the spring, defeated Allison Michael 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 6 spot to earn the first victory in either singles or doubles in her collegiate career.
Gardiner, playing No. 1 singles, eased to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Gemma Valls. The freshman was pushed a bit during the second set, but bounced back well to put away her opponent and wrap up the victory.
Karen Forman and Andrea Retolaza, at the No. 3 and 4 spots, respectively, were forced to wait to begin their matches until courts could become available. Forman was able to start first and dropped the fewest games of any Wake player on the day, defeating Hana Babic 6-2, 6-0. Her second set lasted just over 20 minutes as she earned the bagel.
Retolaza, ranked 125th in the nation, was pressed in her opening set against Meg Napolitano, but eventually triumphed 7-5. After that early test, however, the freshman completely took control of the contest, roaring back to clinch the match with a strong 6-1 victory in the second set.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action tomorrow on the second day of the Wake Forest Winter Classic. Doubles action against Elon will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center, and singles matches against East Tennessee State will begin following the conclusion of doubles.
Wake Forest Winter Classic Schedule
Monday, Jan. 21 - 9:00 a.m. start