By Joshua Laska - Sports/Managing Editor
The eighth ranked Vulcan tennis team captured two wins last week. Their first victory was over 44th ranked Slippery Rock 9-0 followed by a 7-0 victory over Division I Villanova. The Vulcans are now 19-5 on the season and 5-0 in the PSAC, with five wins over Division I opponents.
The fifth ranked team of senior Martina Rubesova and Franziska Steinhardt defeated Slippery Rock’s Dunja Drmac and Sarah Lynch, 8-1 in the first doubles position. In the second doubles position, 16th ranked team of senior Annabel Pieschl and junior Jade Pondicas defeated Lauren Coggins and Elisabeth Yetiskul, 8-2. The doubles point was swept by freshman Ramona Czakon and senior Anastassiya Zherdeva defeating Samanatha Bruggeman and Janelle Krantz, 8-3.
In singles, 12th ranked Rubesova defeated 34th ranked Lynch 6-1 and 6-0, followed by 41st ranked Pieschl defeating Drmac 6-1 and 6-0 in the second position. In the third position, 42nd ranked Pondicas defeated Yetiskul 6-1 and 6-1, while Zherdeva defeated Krantz 6-1 and 6-0. Steinhardt came away with a 6-0 and 6-2 victory over Coggins, followed in the sixth position by Czakon defeating Bruggeman 6-1 and 6-1 to complete the sweep of the Rock.
Against Villanova, the fifth ranked team of Rubesova and Steinhardt defeated Mikelle Mancini and Sydney West, 8-1. The second doubles team of 16th ranked Pieschl and Pondicas defeated Aliison Solberg and Alexandra Harding, 8-6. Sweeping of Villanova in doubles was provide by the doubles team of Zherdeva and Czakon defeating Kristin Gobberg and Wesleigh Donadio, 8-3.
12th ranked Rubesova defeated Mancini 6-3 and 6-3 in the first singles position, followed by 41st ranked Pieschl defeating Solberg 6-2 and 6-2. 42nd ranked Pondicas defeated West 6-4 and 6-4, while Zherdeva defeated Kate Pettee 6-1 and 6-0 in the fourth position. In the fifth spot, Steinhardt defeated Amanada Nelson 6-0 and 6-0. Czakon defeated Harding 6-1 and 6-1 to clinch the sweep over Villanova.
With the victories over Slippery Rock and Villanova the Vulcans end their regular season. They now look towards the PSAC Team Championships today, April 20, and tomorrow. Followed by the PSAC Individual Championships and the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament April 28 to 30.