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March 7, 2010
Hokies complete weekend sweep with 7-0 victory over South Alabama
Tech finishes day undefeated
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(73) Virginia Tech 7

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The No. 73 Virginia Tech women’s tennis team earned their seventh win over South Alabama, shutting the Jaguars out, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Tech swept the singles and doubles competition to improve to 7-3 on the season, while the Jaguars fell to 1-4.

Martha Blakely (Reading, Pa.) squeaked out the 7-5, 7-5 victory in the No. 1 match that ultimately gave the Hokies the victory. Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) captured the No. 2 spot with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Marie Boura, while Yasmin Hamza (Cairo, Egypt) earned a win in the No. 3 match, 6-1, 6-1, over South Alabama’s Jess Courtnell. Shannon Betts (Newnan, Ga.) added a fourth win in the No. 4 match, 6-1, 7-5.

The Hokies won two singles and two doubles matches by default due to a small South Alabama roster. Courtney Rauscher (Evans, Ga.) and Emily Lauten (Marietta, Ga.) were the default winners of the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches, respectively. Blakely/Lauten won by default in the No. 3 doubles match.

Betts and Newman took the No. 1 doubles match by a score of 8-5 over Welch/Hines, while Hamza/Holly Johnson coupled that with an 8-3 victory over Boura/Courtnell in the No. 2 slot.

Next up, the Hokies will travel to Richmond, Va., to take on the Richmond Spiders on Sat., March 13, at 1 p.m.

#73 Virginia Tech 7, South Alabama 0

Singles:
1. Martha Blakely (VT) def. Katie Welch (S. Ala) 7-5, 7-5
2. Christin Newman (VT) def. Marie Boura (S. Ala) 6-3, 6-2
3. Yasmin Hamza (VT) def. Jess Courtnell (S. Ala) 6-1, 6-1
4. Shannon Betts (VT) def. Chane Hines (S. Ala) 6-1, 7-5
5. Courtney Rauscher (VT) won by default
6. Emily Lauten (VT) won by default

Finishing Order: 5, 6, 3*, 2, 4, 1
* Clinching Point

Doubles:
1. Betts/Newman (VT) def. Welch/Hines (S. Ala) 8-5
2. Hamza/Johnson (VT) def. Boura/Courtnell (S. Ala) 8-3
3. Blakely/Lauten (VT) won by default

Finishing Order: 3, 2, 1

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