The Elon University women’s tennis team remain unbeaten at home following a pair of 7-0 victories over North Carolina A&T and Washington & Lee University.

“The wins were good for our confidence,” said head coach Elizabeth Anderson. “We needed to get some rhythm in our matches and play more, especially with the cancelation earlier in the week.”

Elon cruised in its first match against the Aggies. They showed no signs of rust following their canceled contest with Gardner-Webb University.

The Phoenix won all three doubles matches dropping just two gams across the board. Junior Taylor Casey and freshman Erica Braschi clinched the point with a 6-1 win over freshman Nadia Hilton and senior Kenya Colbert at No. 2 doubles.

The Phoenix continued their roll into singles play taking all six singles matches. Senior Barbora Lazarova lost just one game in her dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over freshman Kayla Jefferson at No. 2 singles. Soon after, Casey clinched the win for Elon with her 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles over freshman Tyla Goodridge.

Freshmen Bridget Liddell, Olivia Lucas and senior Maria Camara Ruiz all recorded victories with the match already decided to complete the shutout of the Aggies.

The Phoenix continued to look sharp heading into their second match of the day against Washington and Lee. Casey and Liddell shutout Sophomore Michelle Fleenor and senior Allison Hupalo 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

Lazarova and Camara Ruiz then survived a late comeback from senior Meghan Buell and sophomore Brooke Donnelly at No. 2 doubles winning 6-4 to clinch the doubles point.

Elon went on to claim all six singles matches to wrap up their second shutout of the day. Casey got things going with a 6-1, 6-2 straight sets win over Hupalo.

Lazarova then made it 3-0 in favor of the Phoenix with a commanding 6-0, 6-3 win over Buell. Freshman Olivia Lucas then clinched the win with her 6-1, 6-4 straight sets win over sophomore Brooke Donnelly.

With their losses, NC A&T and Washington & Lee drop to 0-6 and 0-1 respectively. Elon improved to 3-4 with their pair of wins.

“We just want to carry our momentum into the next match,” Anderson said. “We have to just keep working on fine tuning our game.”

The Phoenix will return to action on Friday, Feb. 20, against the University of South Carolina Upstate at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center at 2:30 p.m..


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