Women's Tennis Set to Face Winthrop, No. 47 VCU
Feb. 7, 2013
Winthrop/VCU Match Notes
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's tennis team is set to take on Winthrop and No. 47 VCU in a weekend doubleheader at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
The Deacs will host the Eagles at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and the Rams at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. The schedule had originally called for both matches to be played on Saturday, but was changed earlier this week.
This weekend's matches could also be the first of the spring to be played outdoors depending on the weather forecast. Both Friday and Saturday should be in the low- to mid-50s and sunny, leaving the possibility of outdoor matches very real.
Last Time Out
Wake Forest played a home-and-away doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 26, sweeping Richmond 7-0 at the Indoor Tennis Center and falling 4-3 to Elon in a hard-fought match.
Kathryn Talbert and Kasey Gardiner won both of their singles matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, getting off to a strong start for the dual season.
Karen Forman and Xue Zhang (No. 2 doubles) and Andrea Retolaza and Brigita Bercyte (No. 3 doubles) also swept both of their matches last weekend.
This Weekend's Opponents
Winthrop enters Friday's match at 1-3, but all three losses have come against ranked foes, including a 6-1 defeat against VCU on Feb. 3.
VCU has raced off to a strong start with a 6-2 record, with its only losses coming against ACC competition North Carolina and Virginia.
The Rams will be the first ranked team that the Demon Deacons will face this season.
Top Wake Forest Storylines
Andrea Retolaza and Brigita Bercyte are currently riding a four-match winning streak at No. 3 doubles, their longest of the year thus far.
Kathryn Talbert returned to singles action with a bang to start the spring, blowing past both of her opponents in straight sets at No. 1 singles.
The Deacons are 1-1 all-time against the Eagles and 2-2 against the Rams, but fell to both schools during the 2012 spring campaign.
Wake Forest will return to action next Saturday, Feb. 16, at noon as the squad takes on UNC-Greensboro at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.