Hokies sweep No. 27 Clemson, 7-0

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BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team got the ACC slate off to a strong start as the Hokies swept 27th-ranked Clemson 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Tech remains undefeated on the season, moving to 8-0 this spring.

Tech got out to the lead after winning the doubles point as Caroline Daxhelet and Natalie Novotna paired up at one to defeat Ally Miller and Tate Schroeder 6-2. The Hokies clinched the point at two where Sarah Baron and Elena Cerezo-Codina knocked off the duo of Fernanda Navarro and Constanza Gorches 6-3.

Nika Kozar pushed the Hokies lead to 2-0 as she defeated Dani Ruiz 6-2, 6-0 on court four. The Hokies 61st-ranked Novotna rolled to the 6-3, 6-2 win at the one over Navarro to put Tech on top 3-0.

The match was clinched on court three where Cerezo-Codina took care of business against Schroeder, securing the win 6-4, 6-2.

Katherine Butler split sets against Gorches on five, but ultimately walked away the winner as she defeated the Tigers’ player 7-5, 1-6, 10-5. There were also split sets on court two, but Daxhelet rallied to win it after giving up the first set 2-6. She came back to outlast in the second set 7-6 (5) and won the super tiebreak 10-5.

The Hokies are off to their best spring start since beginning 2004 with an 8-0 clip.

Tech will be back on the court next weekend, hosting Syracuse on Friday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. The Hokies will take to the road for a Sunday match at Wake Forest on March 4 at noon.

1. #61 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Fernanda Navarro (CU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Sydney Riley (CU) 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-5
3. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Tate Schroeder (CU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Dani Ruiz (CU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Katherine Butler def. Constanza Gorches 7-5,1-6, 10-5
6. Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Ally Miller (CU) wd
Order of finish: 4,1,3,5,2

1. Daxhelet/Novotna def. Miller/Schroeder 6-2
2. Baron/Cerezo-Codina def. Navarro/Gorches 6-3
3. Kozar/Sorkin vs. Ruiz/Riley 5-3 DNF
Order of finish: 1,2

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