Sailfish Make Easy Work of Ave Maria in Home Opener

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Maria Jimenez (Pictured) Teamed Up with Leyla Taracena at No. 3-Doubles for an 8-3 Win Over Ave Maria University on Thursday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Maria Jimenez (Pictured) Teamed Up with Leyla Taracena at No. 3-Doubles for an 8-3 Win Over Ave Maria University on Thursday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish women’s tennis team to their home court on Thursday afternoon at Gaines Park and quickly came away with a 9-0 sweep of Ave Maria (Fla.) University. The Fish would sweep their way through doubles and singles to collect their third win of the season and improve to 3-1 overall.

Seniors Victoria Baca and Natalia Trotter set the tone early on with an 8-2 win at No. 1-doubles while the tandems of Vilja Vahatalo and Jessica Wharton as well as Leyla Taracena and Maria Jimenez delivered 8-2 and 8-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 3-doubles respectively.

Veena Vasquez proved dominant at the top of singles with a straight sets win (6-0, 6-0) while Baca dropped only one game at No. 2-singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win.

Trotter and Vahatalo followed suit with a 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-4 pair of wins at No. 3 and No. 4-singles respectively.

Wharton and Liddy Robinson closed out singles action with Wharton proving victorious 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5-singles and Robinson producing a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 6-singles.

The Fish have a quick turnaround for their next contest as they will take on Florida Tech on Friday in Melbourne with a 3 pm start.

PBA 9, Ave Maria 0

Doubles
1. Baca/Trotter def. Esker/M K Lee 8-2
2. Vahatalo/Wharton def. Hammerquist/Sandusky 8-2
3. Taracena/Jimenez def. E. Lee/Cocks 8-3

Singles
1. Vasquez def. Esker 6-0,6-0
2. Baca def. Ruiz 6-1,6-0
3. Trotter def. Hammerquist 6-0,6-1
4. Vahatalo def. Sandusky 6-0,6-4
5. Wharton def. M K Lee 6-1,6-1
6. Robinson def. E. Lee 6-4,6-1

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