Hokies defeat Badgers 6-1, remain undefeated

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BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team continued their undefeated season as they picked up a win over Wisconsin 6-1 at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

Tech (7-0) clinched the doubles point before advancing to the singles. Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin brought in the first win of the day, defeating Wisconsin’s Kelsey Grambeau and Christina Zordani 6-1. The doubles point was secured by Caroline Daxhelet and Natalie Novotna, who defeated MaryAnn Rompf and Sara Castellano 6-1.

Novotna, ranked 61st, put the Hokies on the board first in the singles round as she defeated No. 111 Alexis Keberle 6-2, 6-4. She was quickly followed by Elena Cerezo-Codina, who defeated Rompf 6-4, 6-3.

Sorkin clinched the fourth point and the match for Tech, defeating Michelle Linden 6-4, 6-0.

Wisconsin answered with a point of its own coming from five, but the match had already been decided. On two, Daxhelet clinched a win after battling through a back and forth first set. She defeated Castellano 7-6, 6-4.

The match finished on court four in a three-set battle. Kozar claimed the first set 6-3, but dropped the second 6-7. She took a quick lead in the super tiebreak, ultimately defeating Granbeau 10-5.

The Hokies will be back on the court tomorrow, Feb. 24, as they open ACC play at 1 p.m. versus Clemson.

1. #61 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. #111 Alexis Keberle (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-4
2. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Sara Castellano (Wisconsin) 7-6, 6-4
3. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. MaryAnn Rompf (Wisconsin) 6-4, 6-3
4. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Kelsey Grambeau (Wisconsin) 6-3, 6-7, 10-5
5. Melissa Pick (Wisconsin) def. Katherine Butler (VT) 6-2, 6-4
6. Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Michelle Linden (Wisconsin) 6-4, 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 3, 6*, 5, 2, 4

1. Daxhelet/Novotna (VT) def. Rompf/Castellano (Wisconsin) 6-1
2. Baron/Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Pick/Keberle (Wisconsin) 4-2
3. Kozar/Sorkin (VT) def. Granbeau/Zordani (Wisconsin) 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

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