Hokies sweep Elon, 7-0
Open ACC schedule with Virginia visiting on Sunday
February 9, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's tennis team earned its first sweep of the season Saturday afternoon as the Hokies defeated Elon, 7-0, at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus after earlier in the day defeating Old Dominion, 5-2.

No. 64 Tech (5-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Phoenix by winning all three of the doubles matches. A pair of 8-3 victories were recorded in the Hokies' favor, as Walker/James beat Tucci/Wahl and Cramp/Beermann defeated Kensrue/Graybill. Brouwer/Hamza pulled out the win against Bailey/Milian in the No. 1 contest by a score of 8-5.

In singles at No. 4, Holly Johnson (Fr., Tallahassee, Fla.) easily handled Jennifer Tucci, 6-0, 6-2, and Natalie Kretzer (Jr., Chesterfield, Va.) followed closely thereafter with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Hayley Wahl to give Tech the 3-0 lead. For the second time of the day, Jessica Long (Sr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) clinched the victory for the Hokies as she beat Deanna Bailey, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 1 match.

In other singles contests, Abbey Walker (Jr., Lancaster, S.C.) edged Paige Kensrue, 6-3, 7-6(2) and Bethan James (Sr., Flintshire, UK) defeated Laura Graybill, 6-3, 7-6(5). J.J. Larson (Sr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) rebounded from the slow start in the first set to beat Anna Milian, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

After today's two victories, Tech will open the ACC schedule on Sunday at 2 p.m. with No. 50 Virginia visiting Blacksburg.

No. 64 Virginia Tech 7, Elon 0

1. Jessica Long (VT) def. Deanna Bailey (Elon) 6-3, 6-4
2. Abbey Walker (VT) def. Paige Kensrue (Elon) 6-3, 7-6(2)
3. J.J. Larson (VT) def. Anna Milian (Elon) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Holly Johnson (VT) def. Jennifer Tucci (Elon) 6-0, 6-2
5. Bethan James (VT) def. Laura Graybill (Elon) 6-3, 7-6(5)
6. Natalie Kretzer (VT) def. Hayley Wahl (Elon) 6-2, 6-3
Finishing Order, 4, 6, 1*, 2, 5, 3

1. Brouwer/Hamza (VT) def. Bailey/Milian (Elon) 8-5
2. Walker/James (VT) def. Tucci/Wahl (Elon) 8-3
3. Cramp/Beermann (VT) def. Kensrue/Graybill (Elon) 8-3
Finishing Order: 3, 2*, 1

*clinching match