Tennis Takes Down Salem

Tennis Takes Down Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- Playing its first dual match of the 2016-17 school year, the Sweet Briar College tennis team got past Salem College on Saturday afternoon, 7-2.

The day started for the Vixens with a clean sweep of doubles. Senior Gina Rutledge and junior AJ Lukanuski picked up their 14th doubles victory together as they took down Makenna Mason and Ashley Koehler 8-5 on court one.

First-year Emily Wandling and junior Samantha Yew won on court two. This was the duo's first time playing together in a match, but it didn't show as they easily took down Deanna Wilkins and Grace Wilson, 8-4.

On court three, junior Emma Thom and first-year Blake Newton both picked up their first collegiate doubles victory with an 8-4 defeat of Carmen Wilkins and Lindsay Young.

The Vixens entered singles play needing to win just two matches in order to clinch the team victory. Yew secured the team's fourth point by taking down Wilson on court four. An easy victory for the Bronx native, Yew won 6-1, 6-0.

Wandling continued to impress early on in her Vixen career with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Carmen Wilkins on court three. That point secured the dual victory for the Vixens.

Another impressive first-year has been Newton, who added to her double's victory with a win on court five. The Fayetteville, N.C. product won the first set over Courtney Benson, 5-2, before Benson retired from the match in the second set.

Thom, a transfer student, is playing in her first season of collegiate tennis and picked up her first singles victory with a win on court six. The junior made quick work of Shannon Sullivan, 6-2, 6-0.

The Vixens will conclude their fall season with a dual at Frostbrug State on Sept. 30.

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