Women’s tennis

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The women’s tennis team is looking at a hectic schedule in the upcoming week. They came off three back to back matches this past weekend, with a day break then four matches in a row before the Big South Tournament starts on April 14.

The team went 2-1 in the past three matches. Winning against Presbyterain and Gardner-Webb 6-1 and 5-2 respectively and then losing on Monday to Coastal Carolina 2-5.

In the match against Prebyterian, the Highlanders were trailing 1-0 following the doubles competition. They then swept all six singles points to complete the comeback. Taylor Newman got the first board point for the Highs and won 6-1 and 6-2 over Patricia Alves. Taylor Fay then made it 2-0 in favor of Radford. Gemma Valls finished next — downing Greer Ransom 6-2 and 7-5 at the second postion. Grace Sarver won her seventh match in nine outings, defeating Caroline DeLoach 6-3 and 6-3.

With the win at Gardern-Webb, they surpassed their win total from last year. Newman and Valls defeated Yasmin Doost and Ronia Huttereli for the first doubles win, and Gisela Garcia and Fay locked the 1-0 edge for the Highs with their 8-5 decision over Mary Wlaker Mixon and Teodora Stanciu. In the singles competition, Newman, Valls, Meg Napolitano, and Sarver all won their matches to give the Highs the 5-2 critical Big South win over Gardner-Webb.

The match on Monday against Coastal Carolina fell short for the Highs. The Chanticleers swept the doubles to take a 1-0 lead into the singles. Napolitano and Sarver were the only Highs to win their matches, which gave Coastal Carolina the win at 5-2.

The Highs play two back to back matches at home, then head on the road to Harrisonburg on April 11 and then end their regular season at home against UNC Asheville.