January 31, 2016
No. 48 Hokies blank Richmond, UMBC
Tech wins every set, collects a pair of 7-0 victories
(48) Virginia Tech 7
(48) Virginia Tech 7

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 48th-ranked Virginia Tech women’s tennis team improved to 4-3 on the season after shutting out Richmond and UMBC in Blacksburg on Sunday. The Hokies didn’t lose a single set in singles or doubles over the course of the afternoon.

Richmond came to town first for a 10 a.m. tilt with the Hokies. Katherine Butler and Mariana Silva got the scoring started for Tech with a 6-0 win over the Spiders’ Ana Ramirez and Emily Gitman on court 3. Elena Cerezo-Codina and Raluca Mita took it from there, winning 6-3 over Ana Abadias and Gaby Rosales over on court 2 to claim the doubles point for Tech.

Singles play began with Mita cruising past Katya Salas 6-0, 6-1 on court 5 to make it 2-0 in favor of the Hokies. Francesca Fusinato finished next on court 1, beating Abadias 6-1, 6-1 before No. 108 Caroline Daxhelet sealed the deal with a win over Brittany Boys in the 3 spot. The Hokies continued to roll after clinching the match, with Cerezo-Codina, Kelly Williford and Butler all added wins to move the final count to 7-0 in favor of Tech.

UMBC was up next for Virginia Tech as the second leg of the day’s doubleheader. Fusinato and Williford paired up and took down Mariami Dolashvili and Madlena Kurasz 6-2, followed by Butler and Sansitha Nandakumar downing the Retrievers’ Alice Taylor and Charlotte Tonjann 6-1 on court 3. Play continued as Daxhelet and Mita finished off Maria Siopacha and Shannon Cleary on court 2 by a score of 6-1.

Butler was first off the courts in singles play, winning a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Tonjann to make it 2-0. Daxhelet grabbed the third point with a swift 6-1, 6-1 win against Kurasz, followed by Williford taking down Dolashvili 6-1, 6-0 out of the 3 spot to clinch the match for the Hokies. Play continued as Mita, Nandakumar and Fusinato rounding out Tech’s perfect day.

Next up for the Hokies is the ITA National Indoors in Madison, Wisconsin, taking place Friday, Februrary 5th through Monday the 8th.


Singles competition

1. Francesca Fusinato (VT) def. Ana Abadias (UR) 6-1, 6-1

2. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Gaby Rosales (UR) 7-5, 7-6

3. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Brittany Boys (UR) 6-1, 6-1

4. Kelly Williford (VT) def. Kelsey Williams (UR) 6-1, 6-2

5. Raluca Mita (VT) def. Katya Salas (UR) 6-0, 6-1

6. Katherine Butler (VT) def. Ana Ramirez (UR) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles competition

1. Ana Abadias/Gaby Rosales (UR) vs. Francesca Fusinato/Kelly Williford (VT) no result

2. Elena Cerezo-Codina/Raluca Mita (VT) def. Brittany Boys/Katya Salas (UR) 6-3

3. Katherine Butler/Mariana Silva (VT) def. Ana Ramirez/Emily Gitman (UR) 6-0

#48 Virginia Tech 7, UMBC 0

Singles competition

1. Francesca Fusinato (VT) def. Maria Siopacha (UMBC) 6-3, 6-4

2. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Madlena Kurasz (UMBC) 6-1, 6-1

3. Kelly Williford (VT) def. Mariami Dolashvili (UMBC) 6-1, 6-0

4. Raluca Mita (VT) def. Alice Taylor (UMBC) 6-2, 6-2

5. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) def. Shannon Cleary (UMBC) 7-5, 6-1

6. Katherine Butler (VT) def. Charlotte Tonjann (UMBC) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Francesca Fusinato/Kelly Williford (VT) def. Mariami Dolashvili/Madlena Kurasz (UMBC) 6-2

2. Caroline Daxhelet/Raluca Mita (VT) def. Maria Siopacha/Shannon Cleary (UMBC) 6-1

3. Katherine Butler/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) def. Alice Taylor/Charlotte Tonjann (UMBC) 6-1

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