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Wildcats Knock Off Whittier 7-2 to Earn First Victory
Kate Pettee improves to 3-1 on the season at the No. 5 singles slot.

March 3, 2014

WHITTIER, Calif. - Trailing in each of the three doubles matches, the Villanova women's tennis team rallied back to take an early lead and help earn its first victory of the season as the Wildcats routed Whittier College 7-2 Monday afternoon at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts in Whittier, Calif.

Linley Busby joined Kate Pettee to knock off Benay Weintraub and Alexis Agustin 9-7 in the No. 3 doubles slot to clinch the doubles advantage and take an early 2-1 lead.

After taking set one 7-5, Mikelle Mancini edged Meagan Zamilpa in a second set tie breaker (7-6 (2)) to earn her third victory of the season at the No. 1 position.

At the No. 3 spot, Linley Busby picked up her first victory of the season after defeating Gabi Etchegaray 6-3, 6-4.

Connor Brewer also earned her first singles victory of the year following a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Liliana Serylo at the No. 4 slot.

Kate Pettee breezed by Benay Weintraub 6-1, 6-2 to improve to 3-1 on the season at the No. 5 singles position.

Following a 1-6 loss in the first set at the No. 6 spot, Gianna Mitchell rallied back to score 6-1, 6-1 victories in the following two sets and ease her way past Alexis Agustin.

Villanova returns to action Friday in Costa Mesa, Calif. when they are set to dual Vanguard (4-4) at 1:00 p.m.

Be sure to follow the teams socially on Twitter @NovaWTennis to stay up to date with the breaking news and scores from the Wildcats.

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

Villanova 7, Whittier 2 - Mar. 3 - Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts - Whittier, Calif.

Doubles (PLNU takes the doubles point)
1. Meagan Zamilpa/Adrienne Hamada (WC) def. Mikelle Mancini/Connor Brewer (VU), 8-3
2. Samantha Schafer/Tori Smyth (VU) def. Liliana Serylo/Gabi Etchegaray (WC), 8-6
3. Linley Busby/Kate Pettee (VU) def. Benay Weintraub/Alexis Agustin (WC), 9-7

1. Mikelle Mancini (VU) def. Meagan Zamilpa (WC), 7-5, 7-6 (2)
2. Adrienne Hamada (WC) def. Samantha Schafer (VU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Linley Busby (VU) def. Gabi Etchegaray (WC), 6-3, 6-4
4. Connor Brewer (VU) def. Liliana Serylo (WC), 6-4, 6-0
5. Kate Pettee (VU) def. Benay Weintraub (WC), 6-1, 6-2
6. Gianna Mitchell (VU) def. Alexis Agustin (WC), 1-6, 6-1, 6-1