Senior day sweep

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April 11, 2008

1:33 PM

__Senior Megan Moulton-Levy wins final two home matches__

**TRIBE 7, RICHMOND 0**

p. In its final tune-up before the CAA Championship, the no. 22 Tribe (14-8, 2-0) overwhelmed the University of Richmond (7-11, 1-2) 7-0 Wednesday afternoon at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. After six straight victories, the College has found its form and is playing its best tennis of the season.

p. “Overall, we played decent,” Head Coach Kevin Epley said. “A couple of players played better than others. We could have gotten off to a better start in doubles, but we got the job done.”

p. The College won all three doubles matches as well as all singles contests in straight sets.

p. On her second consecutive senior day, Megan Moulton-Levy, the Tribe’s lone departing member, had to battle in her opening match. Down 3-4 in doubles, paired with junior Katarina Zoricic, Moulton-Levy kept her composure and guided the duo to an 8-4 triumph. Moulton-Levy and Zoricic increased the momentum in the eighth game when Moulton-Levy returned three straight Spider lob shots before Zoricic slammed a ball into the rafters to take control.

p. “We started off shaky,” Moulton-Levy said. “It is an exciting day, we were sort of caught up in that. At one point we looked at each other and said ‘Let’s go,’ and from then on we started playing the way we should.”

p. The duo was named CAA doubles team of the week for the second time in a month; the tandem currently holds down no. 16 in the ITA doubles rankings.

p. Sophomores Carmen Pop and Lauren Sabacinski won the quickest match, completing an 8-1 domination that brought the pair’s record to 4-5 for the season. The Tribe’s no. 2 doubles team of junior Klaudyna Kasztelaniec and sophomore Ragini Acharya went up 4-1 in their match before finishing off an 8–6 victory.

p. No. 9 Moulton-Levy started her singles match down 1-2 before surging to a 6-2, 6-1 triumph. The senior placed her shots carefully, tiring out her opponent, Pamela Duran.

p. “[Duran] is a [deceptively] good player with great placement,” Moulton-Levy said. “It took me a second to get adjusted. I started attacking and hitting my forehand and got in to hit a lot of volleys.”

p. Kasztelaniec gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead with a fast 6-1, 6-1 victory. Kasztelaniec played out of the fourth slot for the College and was able to overpower Kelly Tidwell of Richmond to take the match. Epley said Kasztelaniec has recently improved her serve and forehand.

p. No. 114 Acharya procured the third point for the College in a 6-0, 6-2 match.

p. “Ragini has been playing better lately,” Epley said. “She is playing with a little more attitude and is serving well and looking to attack more.”

p. The victory is Acharya’s 28th of the season.

p. In the second singles position, Zoricic defeated Erin Clark 6-0, 6-3, using her strong serves to win her fifth singles match in a row in straight sets.

p. “I think we are all starting to play better,” Zoricic said. “Hopefully it will show at the CAA [championship] and moving forward to the NCAA [championship].”

p. Pop and junior Barbara Zidek both won their singles matches. Pop’s victory was her seventh in eight tries and improved her record to 11-6 for the year.

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