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Richmond, Fordham Notch 4-0 Sweeps on Wednesday

By Atlantic 10 Conference

ORLANDO - The sixth-seeded Richmond Spiders swept the eleventh-seeded Dayton Flyers, 4-0, in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis Championship, held at USTA's National Campus. With the victory, the Spiders will face No. 3 Massachusetts in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Spiders got off to a strong start with the top two pairs earning victories. First, Emily Dunbar and Kiana Marshall took down Emily Zargham and Kelly Pleiman at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, before Dessi Zlateva and Lea Owens defeated Mattea Kilstofte and Natalie Allen by the same score.

Richmond earned first-set victories on each of the six courts, including a battle between Marshall and Zargham at No. 2 singles. Marshall would take the set in a 7-6(4) tiebreaker. Dunbar recorded the first point for the Spiders as UD's Kilstofte was forced to retire in the second set.

Owens made quick work at No. 4 singles, dropping just a single set, before Ana Ramirez clinched the 4-0 victory at No. 6 singles with a straight-set victory over Kristina Benjamin.

The Spiders will face the Minutewomen on Thursday at 6 pm in the quarterfinals.


#6 RICHMOND def. #11 DAYTON, 4-0


1. Emily Dunbar (UR) def. Mattea Kilstofte (UD) 6-0, 3-0, ret.

2. Kiana Marshall (UR) vs. Emily Zargham (UD) 7-6, 1-1, DNF

3. Dessi Zlateva (UR) vs. Kelly Pleiman (UD) 6-3, 5-0, DNF

4. Lea Owens (UR) def. Mary Brascia (UD) 6-1, 6-0

5. Helene Heiberg (UR) vs. Natalie Allen (UD) 6-1, 4-2, DNF

6. Ana Ramirez (UR) def. Kristina Benjamin (UD) 6-2, 6-2

Order of Finish: 1, 4, 6


1. Emily Dunbar/Kiana Marshall (UR) def. Emily Zargham/Kelly Pleiman (UD) 6-1

2. Dessi Zlateva/Lea Owens (UR) def. Mattea Kilstofte/Natalie Allen (UD) 6-1

3. Lyndell Giffenig/Adrienne Haynes (UR) vs. Mary Brascia/Kristina Benjamin (UD) 4-3, DNF

Order of Finish: 1, 2

ORLANDO - The seventh-seeded Fordham Rams earned a spot in the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory over No. 10 George Mason on Wednesday at the USTA National Campus.

Fordham's No. 3 doubles pair of Nicole Li and Genevieve Quenville struck first, recording a 6-0 victory against Hannah Yang and Rachel Lee. The Ram's top pair of Arina Taluyenko and Tatiana Grigoryan clinched the doubles point for Fordham with a 6-2 victory.

In singles play, Taluyenko took straight sets from Sydney Green and Maia Balce defeated Brianna Gibbs, 6-1, 6-3. 

Clinching the match for the Rams was Alexis Zobeideh at No. 6 singles, who dropped just two sets in a 6-1, 6-1 victory. The Rams will take on No. 2 George Washington on Thursday at 3 pm. The Colonials earned a bye into the quarterfinals.


#7 FORDHAM def. #10 GEORGE MASON, 4-0


1. Arina Taluyenko (FOR) def. Sydney Green (MASON) 6-1, 6-2

2. Maia Balce (FOR) def. Brianna Gibbs (MASON) 6-1, 6-3

3. Tatiana Grigoryan (FOR) vs. Hannah Yang (MASON) 6-4, 2-3, DNF

4. Genevieve Quenville (FOR) vs. Hannah Harrod (MASON) 7-5, 1-0, DNF

5. Nicole Li (FOR) vs. Jackie Nannery (MASON) 7-5, 3-0, DNF

6. Alexis Zobeideh (FOR) def. Christine McCarthy (MASON) 6-1, 6-1

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6


1. Arina Taluyenko/Tatiana Grigoryan (FOR) def. Sydney Green/Brianna Gibbs (MASON) 6-2

2. Maia Balce/Alexis Zobeideh (FOR) vs. Hannah Harrod/Jackie Nannery (MASON) 4-3, DNF

3. Nicole Li/Genevieve Quenville (FOR) def. Hannah Yang/Rachel Lee (MASON) 6-0

Order of Finish: 3, 1

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