PBA Claims Their Sixth Straight Win with Home Victory Over Lander on Sunday

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

Vilja Vahatalo and Jessica Wharton (Pictured L-R) Gather After a Run at No. 3-Doubles. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Vilja Vahatalo and Jessica Wharton (Pictured L-R) Gather After a Run at No. 3-Doubles. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The No. 21-ranked Sailfish women’s tennis team continued to pile up more victories on Sunday afternoon as they took on Lander University at the Oxbridge Academy Courts. Fresh off a 4-0 road trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina over Spring Break, the Fish closed out their week long break from classes with a 9-0 sweep over Lander on Sunday.

The Bearcats (5-4) had knocked off both Flagler College (No. 41) and Georgia Southwestern University in their previous two matches but they would come up short against a superior Sailfish (11-4) squad.

Palm Beach Atlantic had only one close matchup in doubles as Vilja Vahatalo and Jessica Wharton defeated their opposition at No. 3-doubles by a score of 9-8 (3). The top two PBA doubles tandems of Veena Vasquez/Victoria Baca and Natalia Trotter/Leyla Taracena topped their counterparts by the scores of 8-3 and 8-1 respectively.

Vasquez came through once again at the top of the lineup with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1-singles while Baca was nearly as dominant with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2-doubles.

Trotter and Vahatalo continued their strong play in the middle with Trotter claiming a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3-singles and Vahatalo earning a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 4-singles.

Wharton and Taracena rounded out the sweep with a 6-4, 6-4 win by Wharton at No. 5-singles and Taracena closing things out with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 6-singles.

The Fish will continue their home-stand with a home date with the University of Southern Indiana on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 pm.

#21 PBA 9  Lander 0

1. Vasquez/Baca def. Ruffat/Vanhpraseuth 8-3
2. Trotter/Taracena def. Lainez/Bradley 8-1
3. Vahatalo/Wharton def. Rico Martin/Mello 9-8(3)

1. Vasquez def. Courbis 6-3,6-1
2. Baca def. Rico Martin 6-3,6-3
3. Trotter def. Ruffat 6-1,6-3
4. Vahatalo def. Bradley 6-4,6-3
5. Wharton def. Vanhpraseuth 6-4,6-4
6. Taracena def. Mello 6-0,6-4

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