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Elon Women get shut out by Wake Forest 


Elon Women’s Tennis dropped their third straight match on Saturday in Winston-Salem, falling 0-7 to 61st-ranked Wake Forest in a non-conference contest.

The Phoenix go to 1-4 overall with the loss.

Freshman Olivia Lucas fought hard playing the No. 1 singles seed, pushing the Deacs’ Kimmy Guerin to a tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets. But Guerin prevailed in the end with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) victory.

In the No. 1 doubles match, Lucas and freshman Kirsten Ward lost 3-6 to Wake Forest’s Kasey Gardiner and Luisa Fernandez.

The No. 4 singles match also saw a close score — Elon freshman Erica Braschi dropped the first set 2-6 to Fernandez but came back to win the second set 6-4. But Fernandez took the overall win after a 10-7 tiebreaker round.

In the 2013-14 season, the Phoenix defeated the Deacs 4-3, marking the program’s first ever win against an ACC opponent.

The team will look to rebound in three matches next week — they’ll travel to Gardner-Webb on Friday, Jan. 13 and take on North Carolina A&T and Washington & Lee in a doubleheader at home on Saturday, Jan. 14.

About the author: Brianna Ek

Brianna is a senior from Southern Pines, NC. She is a Watson Odyssey Scholar, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in French and Asian Studies. Brianna is Sports Anchor for ELN and Executive Producer of ELN Radio. She interned at Tennis Channel and ESPN in Los Angeles. She loves to be to travel, paint, and play tennis. Follow her on Twitter @BriannaMarieEk

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