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Villanova Drops Season Opener to Richmond
Kate Pettee earned a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-7 victory at the No. 5 singles slot.

Jan. 31, 2014

Richmond, Va. In its season debut, the Villanova (0-1) women's tennis team falls to Richmond, 5-2, Friday afternoon at the Country Club of Virginia.

Kate Pettee and Hayley Sanzone battled tightly in doubles action but dropped their first match of the season, 8-6, to Kelsey Williams and Georgina Pons Cano to give Spiders (1-1) the doubles point.

After splitting the first two sets, Mikelle Mancini earned the first victory of her senior season in a back-and-forth battle at the No. 1 position. Despite a 6-1 defeat to Melissa Kandinata in the second set to even the score at 1-1, the team-captain turned the tides in the final set and took match point to win 6-4, 1-6, (10-8).

Despite a 6-7 (2) loss in the opening set tiebreaker, Kate Pettee rallied in the latter half of the match to knock off Brittany Boys at the No. 5 slot. The junior took down the Spiders' freshman in three sets, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-7, to earn their second point of the afternoon.

Villanova will continue its road stand tomorrow at 4 p.m. against Navy (3-1) in Annapolis, Md.

Below is a look at the complete results of Friday's dual match:

Richmond 5, Villanova 2 - Jan. 31, 2014 - Country Club of Virginia

Doubles (Richmond takes doubles point)
1. Melissa Kandinata/Brittany Boys (R) def. Mikelle Mancini/Connor Brewer (VU) 8-3
2. Elizabeth Sims/Denny Lamachia (R) def. Samantha Schafer/Linley Busby (VU) 8-4
3. Kelsey Williams/Georgina Pons Cano (R) def. Kate Pettee/Hayley Sanzone (VU) 8-6

1. Mikelle Mancini (VU) def. Melissa Kandinata (R) 6-4, 1-6, (10-8)
2. Anna Abadias Morales (R) def. Samantha Schafer (VU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Elizabeth Sims (R) def. Linley Busby (VU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Katya Salas (R) def. Connor Brewer (VU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Kate Pettee (VU) def. Brittany Boys (V) 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-7
6. Kelsey Williams (R) def. Hayley Sanzone (VU) 6-0, 6-0