Tech opens spring with sweep of ETSU

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BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team opened the season with a sweep of ETSU, defeating the Bucs 7-0 on Friday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

Tech (1-0) opened the match winning the doubles point. Katherine Butler and McKenzie Collins paired up at three to defeat Melissa Esguerra and Jayde Viccars 6-2. The Hokies clinched the point on court two where Sarah Baron and Elena Cerezo-Codina knocked off Yi Chi Ma and Alejandra Morales 6-3. Tech also won on court one as Caroline Daxhelet and Natalie Novotna held on to win, 7-5.

The Hokies rolled in singles, taking all six matches in straight sets. Novotna, ranked 25th in the ITA, put Tech up 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Markesini on court one. Freshman Nina Sorkin had a shutout on court six, defeating Esther Guemes 6-0, 6-0.

Fellow freshman Nika Kozar also got her dual career off to a strong start with a 6-0, 6-2 win on court four over Esguerra to secure the team win for the Hokies.

Butler closed out the match on five defeating Morales 6-3, 6-2 win on court five followed quickly by Cerezo-Codina’s 6-3, 6-1 decision over Ma on three.

Daxhelet completed the sweep as she downed Andrea Pasual-Larrinaga 6-4, 6-4 at two.

The Hokies will be back on the court this evening, hosting Appalachian State at 5 p.m.

1. #25 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Andrea Pasual-Larrinaga (ETSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Katherine Butler (VT) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Esther Guemes (ETSU) 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: 1,6,4,5,3,2

1. Daxhelet/Novotna (VT) def. Markesini/Alory Pereira (ETSU) 7-5
2. Sarah Baron/Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Ma/Morales (ETSU) 6-3
3. Butler/McKenzie Collins (VT) def. Esguerra/Jayde Viccars (ETSU) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1

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