AMHERST, Va.- The Sweet Briar College tennis team got its spring season off to a strong start with a 9-0 clean sweep of William Peace University on Saturday afternoon. This is the fifth time in the past eight seasons that SBC has won its spring season opener.
The day started with excellent doubles play from the Vixens, taking courts one and two, 8-0. On court one, it was the duo of AJ Lukanuski and Gina Rutledge taking down Alexandra Dixon and Rachael Peoples for their 15th career victory together. First-year Emily Wandling and junior Samantha Yew made quick work of Alex Young and Manessah Fox on court two for their second doubles victory together.
William Peace defaulted on the third doubles court and sixth singles court to give SBC a commanding 4-0 lead at the start of singles play.
Lukanuski and Dixon squared off again on court one for singles action and Lukanuski secured the match for Sweet Briar with her dominant victory. The junior from Richmond, Va. won, 6-1, 6-0, for her 23rd career singles victory.
Rutledge dropped her first set on court two against Peoples, but rallied back to win the second set and tiebreaker to take the match, 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-6). The win is the senior's 25th of her SBC career.
Wandling picked up her second collegiate singles victory, cruising past WPU's Alex Young, 6-1, 6-0.
The tightest match of the day came on court four, where Manessah Fox gave Yew her best shot, but it was the junior from the The Bronx that won the point for SBC. Yew secured her second singles victory of the season, 7-6 (10-6), 6-4.
Senior Des'rae Davis played on court five for Sweet Briar and easily got by her opponent, 6-0, 6-1. The win pushes the New Orleans native's record to 5-1 over the past two seasons.
With a victory over Salem College during the fall season, SBC is now 2-0. The setback puts William Peace's record at 0-3 for the young season.
Sweet Briar will face an early season conference test on Tuesday, when the Vixens travel to preseason favorite and fourteen-time defending ODAC champion Washington & Lee University. The match is set to get underway in Lexington at 4 p.m.