RADFORD, Va. – The UNC Asheville women’s tennis team fell to Big South Conference foe Radford on Saturday afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts on the campus of the Highlanders.
The Highlanders, who have won 10 of their last 12 matches, improve to 16-6 overall and 4-4 in the conference, while UNCA falls to 6-14 and 0-7.
For the second time in as many outings, Radford’s No. 3 doubles team of Petra Dajevic and Gemma Valls put their club one win away from the team point with an 8-0 victory. The freshmen tandem of Hannah Crawford and Meg Napolitano gave the Highlanders the early 1-0 advantage, while improving to 18-4 thanks to an 8-6 win on court two.
Radford’s Mia Drobnjak and Taylor Newman were down 6-2 at the top spot before rally past Emily McNall and Christine Boissevain, 9-7, to finish off the doubles sweep.
The Highlanders carried their impressive doubles play into singles, winning all six matches, including four in straight sets.
In addition to Newman’s second straight 6-0, 6-0 win on court five, Radford also got singles victories from Dajevic (6-3, 6-2), Crawford (6-3, 3-6, 10-5), Drobnjak (6-0, 6-1) and Valls (6-4, 6-0). Napolitano’s team-leading 19th win of the spring came by way of default at the No. 6 spot.
The Highlanders will enjoy a 12-day break before traveling to Asheville, N.C., for the 2012 Big South Tennis Championships.
Radford 7, UNC Asheville 0
April 7, 2012 – Radford, Va. (RU Tennis Courts)
1. Petra Dajevic (RU) def. Emily McNall (UNCA), 6-3, 6-2
2. Hannah Crawford (RU) def. Amryn Soldier (UNCA), 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
3. Mia Drobnjak (RU) def. Christine Boissevain (UNCA), 6-0, 6-1
4. Gemma Valls (RU) def. Jenna Dodge (UNCA), 6-4, 6-0
5. Taylor Newman (RU) def. Amie Cloer (UNCA), 6-0, 6-0
6. Meg Napolitano (RU) def. Devon Cavanaugh (UNCA), Won by Default
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3, 1, 4, 2
1. Mia Drobnjak / Taylor Newman (RU) def. Emily McNall / Christine Boissevain (UNCA), 9-7
2. Hannah Crawford / Meg Napolitano (RU) def. Devon Cavanaugh / Jenna Dodge (UNCA), 8-6
3. Petra Dajevic / Gemma Valls (RU) def. Amryn Soldier / Amie Cloer (UNCA), 8-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Radford 14-6, 3-4
UNC Asheville 6-12, 0-5