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Privateers end four-match homestand with 6-1 victory against UIW

NEW ORLEANS – Despite playing four matches in as many days, the University of New Orleans women’s tennis team showed it still had gas left in the tank with a 6-1 victory over UIW on Monday afternoon at the University Tennis Center to end the four-day homestand.

Junior Anja Luethi and sophomore Brittany Johnson paced New Orleans (13-6, 5-3 Southland) with victories in doubles play and straight-set sweeps in singles action. For Luethi, the Bern, Switzerland product paired up with freshman Yurina Asai at the top doubles flight and won 6-4 before a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the second singles position. Johnson teamed up with sophomore Trang Dao at the third doubles slot, easily handling their UIW (5-16, 2-6 Southland) opposition 6-1, while posting a 6-1, 6-1 win on the fifth singles court.

“We played very well today,” head coach Burzis Kanga said. “In doubles play we continue to show improvements while in singles action we did a great job of executing and limiting our mistakes. This is a highly motivated team that is dedicated to our goal, they just played their fourth-straight match and were competitive in every one of them with both the losses being 4-3 scores. We are back in action on Saturday at Central Arkansas so with these matches over our focus is now on the weekend.”

Sophomore Paula Garriga also won her singles match in straight sets, blanking her opponent in their opening frame 6-0 with a 7-3 triumph in the second set tiebreaker clinching the overall match for UNO. Dao, playing at the top singles position, lost her opening set 2-6, but posted a reversed score in the second frame with a 6-4 win in the third set to get the victory. Freshman Claudette Gilhespie split the first two sets in her match 7-5, 4-6, before winning the pro-style tiebreaker 10-6 for the Privateers final point. Senior Yasmine Rashad, playing at the fourth position, suffered the lone UNO loss in a 7-5, 6-4 outing.

The Privateers are back in action on Saturday, Apr. 8 when they take on Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas at 9 a.m. UNO returns to the University Tennis Center on Friday, Apr. 14, when they host Sam Houston State.

New Orleans 6, Univ. of the Incarnate Word 1

Singles competition
1. Trang Dao (UNO) def. Matea Zemunik (UIW) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. Anja Luethi (UNO) def. Rachel Sadiq (UIW) 6-1, 6-1
3. Claudette Gilhespie (UNO) def. Victoria Kareh (UIW) 7-5, 4-6, 10-6
4. Sarah Savedra (UIW) def. Yasmine Rashad (UNO) 7-5, 6-4
5. Brittany Johnson (UNO) def. Alejandra Tamayo (UIW) 6-1, 6-1
6. Paula Garriga (UNO) def. Maria Batchinsky (UIW) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)

Doubles competition
1. Anja Luethi/Yurina Asai (UNO) def. Matea Zemunik/Rachel Sadiq (UIW) 6-4
2. Claudette Gilhespie/Yasmine Rashad (UNO) vs. Victoria Kareh/Sarah Savedra (UIW) 5-4, unfinished
3. Trang Dao/Brittany Johnson (UNO) def. Alejandra Tamayo/Maria Batchinsky (UIW) 6-1

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