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Wildcats Edge Lions 5-4 for Second Consecutive Victory
Kate Pettee (pictured) joined Samantha Schafer to pick up a victory at the No. 2 doubles slot.

March 7, 2014

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Following a 7-2 triumph over Whittier earlier in the week, the Villanova women's tennis team defeated its second straight opponent as the Wildcats defeated Vanguard University 5-4 Friday afternoon at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center in Calif.

Villanova improves to 2-3 on the season and 2-0 during its spring break trip in the west coast after taking down the nationally ranked NAIA Lions for the first time at home.

During doubles action, the Wildcats would gain the early advantage after No. 2 duo Linley Busby and Tori Smyth picked up their first win together of the year. Kate Pettee joined Samantha Schafer at the No. 3 slot to score Villanova's second victory point of the afternoon.

Mikelle Mancini defeated Juliet Labarthe by default at the No. 1 slot.

At the No. 4 position, Connor Brewer breezed past Ashley Wao-udin 6-2, 6-0 to earn the Wildcats fourth point.

Villanova clinched its second victory of the year when Kate Pettie knocked off Michaele Sulli Van 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot.

The Wildcats seek their third consecutive victory Saturday at 5 p.m. (ET) against Point Loma Nazarene (4-6) in San Diego, Calif.

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

Villanova 5, Vanguard 4 - Mar. 7 - Costa Mesa Tennis Center - Costa Mesa, Calif.

Singles competition
1. Mancini, Mikelle (VILL) def. LABARTHE, Juliet (VUSC), by default
2. ANGNER, Sophie (VUSC) def. Schafer, Samantha (VILL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. ALFORD, Gabriele (VUSC) def. Busby, Linley (VILL) 6-0, 6-4
4. Brewer, Connor (VILL) def. WAO-UDIN, Ashley (VUSC) 6-2, 6-0
5. PETEE, Kate (VILL) def. SULLI VAN, Michaele (VUSC) 6-4, 6-2
6. FERSLOV, Brook (VUSC) def. Mitchell, Gianna (VILL) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. LABARTHE, Juliet/SULLI VAN, Michaele (VUSC) def. BREWER, Connor/MANCINI, Mikelle (VILL) 9-8
2. SMYTH, Tori/BUSBY, Linley (VILL) def. ALFORD, Gabriele/ANGNER, Sophie (VUSC) 8-4
3. PETEE, Kate/SCHAFER, Samantha (VILL) def. WAO-UDIN, Ashley/FERSLOV, Brook (VUSC) 8-5