March 14, 2014
Match Notes vs. Winthrop/Elon | Live Scoring
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
Wake Forest Set to Resume Homestand against No. 71 Winthrop, Elon
The Demon Deacons returned home last Sunday with a 6-1 setback against No. 1 Duke and will remain at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex through March 23, a stretch that includes four more matches.
Wake Forest will be looking to rebound after facing four straight top-25 squads in ACC competition when it welcomes the Eagles and the Phoenix this weekend.
Despite being relatively local opponents, the Demon Deacons do not have much history against either side. Wake Forest is a combined 2-3 against Winthrop and Elon, with all five meetings coming since the 2010 season.
Freshman Luisa Fernandez has played very well in singles over the last two weeks, picking up two top-100 victories against UNC and Duke while running her dual match record to 8-5.
Fernandez and teammate Samantha Asch also returned to the doubles rankings this week at No. 72 after splitting their matches last weekend.
Kasey Gardiner holds a winning record at two different singles positions for the Demon Deacons, going 7-3 at No. 5 and 2-1 at No. 6 this season.
Each of Wake Forest's projected singles starters have posted five or more wins in dual matches, led by Gardiner's nine victories.
Winthrop enters Saturday's match on a three-match winning streak, sweeping Davidson and Presbyterian 7-0 and defeating Georgia State 4-3.
Elon also enters the weekend on a hot streak, having won seven matches in a row. The Phoenix will face Davidson on Saturday before traveling to Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon.
Wake Forest will face another weekend doubleheader as the Demon Deacons welcome No. 58 Virginia Tech (9-6, 2-4 ACC) and No. 15 Miami (10-2, 6-0 ACC) next Saturday and Sunday.
The Demon Deacons defeated Virginia Tech 4-3 and were downed by Miami 7-0 during the 2013 season. Xue Zhang won the clinching match at No. 3 singles against the Hokies in a thrilling three-set victory.