Women’s tennis tops Villanova

Women’s team beats Villanova day after men’s squad fell to Wildcats.

After the men fell yesterday to Villanova, the women’s tennis team exacted revenge, sweeping the Wildcats 7-0 at the Student Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon.

“It feels great, especially since we’re playing against a crosstown rival,” coach Steve Mauro said.
“It’s always great to beat another Philadelphia school with a great tradition. Overall, I thought it was a good performance today.”

In flight one, junior Jordan Batey won against junior Mikelle Mancini 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 10-8. Junior Alicia Doms defeated sophomore Sydney West 7-5, 6-2 in flight two.

Junior Yana Mavrina triumphed 6-2, 6-1 against freshman Allison Kuse in the third flight. In the fourth flight, sophomore Rebecca Breland won 6-2, 6-4 against sophomore Kate Pettee.

In flight five, freshman Minami Okajima defeated senior Wesleigh Donadia 6-4, 6-0. Junior Carly Bohman triumphed 6-2, 6-3 in the sixth flight against junior Anne Cognetti.

In the top doubles flight, Batey and Doms defeated Mancini and freshman Tori Smyth 8-4. In flight three, Mavrina and Breland got the 8-1 win against Cognetti and Donadia. The second flight match, featuring Okajima and sophomore Ama Osei versus Kuse and Pettee, was ended when the score was 7-3 Temple.

Mauro said the team adjusted its strategy to account for wind gusts.

“Before the match, we told [the players] our strategy was more about keeping balls in play,” Mauro said. “Avoid going for the big shot, make them play. Making the other team make the error.”

“I think we’ll be ready by A-10s,” Mauro added. “It’s a little bit of an adjustment for the girls, playing inside, outside, inside. We’ve been changing it up, the venue. They’re doing what they have to do to win.”

The Owls have another match Thursday, April 11 at 3 p.m. at the Pavilion against St. Joseph’s.

Evan Cross can be reached at evan.cross@temple.edu or on Twitter @EvanCross.

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