By Marlene Esternssoro, Student Intern
ELON – In it is first match of the season and its first competition in almost a year, North Carolina A&T women´s tennis lost a doubleheader to Elon University, 7-0, 7-0, at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center on Saturday. Elon improved to 3-0 with the two wins.
The Phoenix won the doubles point (3-0) in the first match of the day. They started with sophomore Sibel Tanik and junior Olivia Archer playing against the two Aggie seniors in Renata Ruiz and Mikaya Hamilton. Elon started the match strong without letting the Aggies get one game on the set as they won 6-0
The No. 2 doubles were led by graduate student Sofia Edo and the junior Victoria Saldh, who took on Ameer Robertson and Florielvis Hurtado. Edo and Saldh won the matchup, 6-0.
Phoenix freshman Lizette Reding and Alison O´Dea defeated junior Marlene Estenssoro and freshman Manuala Jimenez, 6-2, for the doubles sweep.
The singles competition started with Jimenez, who made an outstanding effort playing her first college match before falling to junior O’Dea 6-3, 6-2. Jímenez played with a lot of enthusiasm and good energy at the No. 6 singles. Saldh defeated Ruiz 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
The next match featured Hamilton, who lost 6-0, 6-1 against Tanik at No.2. At No. 4, Edo faced Hurtado and took the win 6-0, 6-3. Estenssoro lost to Kiana Rizzolo, 6-0, 6-2, which resulted in the Phoenix clinching enough points to win the match.
The No. 3 singles match did conclude with Archer defeating Robertson, 6-1, 6-1.
In the nightcap, the Phoenix swept the doubles point again by winning all three matches. They also won all six singles competitions even though Hamilton at No. 2 and Ruiz at No. 1 fought valiantly for the Aggies.
Singles competition started with Jimenez losing at No. 6 to Uma Nayar, 6-0, 6-0, before Reding defeated Robertson at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0. Estenssoro would then lose to O’Dea at No. 5, 6-1, 6-0 before Ruiz’s fierce battle against Archer at No. 1. She eventually took a 6-1, 6-2 loss. At No. 4, Hurtado lost to Rizzolo, 6-1, 6-2, and the evening ended with Hamilton falling to Tanik, 6-1, 6-3.
The Aggies are 0-2 and will return to action at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, as they head to face the ACC’s Clemson Tigers.