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Women's Tennis Defeats Howard, 6-1

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 25, 2005
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Jan. 25, 2005

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Old Dominion University women's tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season as they defeated Howard University a 6-1 loss at indoor courts of the Center Court Racket Club in Newport News on Friday.

The Lady Monarchs won five of six singles matches highlighted by freshman Barbara Costa's (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) straight set 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles.

Other singles winners include sophomore Larissa Santos (Florianopolis, Brazil) at No. 2 singles earning a 6-3, 6-2 win over Courtney Dorsey, sophomore Fernanda Luiz's (Nova Lima, Brazil) 6-0, 6-3 victory over Laura Marin at No. 3 singles, a 6-3, 6-0 win by sophomore Barbara Kerner (Herxheim, Germany)at No. 5 singles against Cecelia Townes, and a 6-1, 6-2 No. 6 singles victory by freshman Linda Garder (Tallin, Estonia) over Marian Blancada.

The Bisons' lone match point came at No. 1 singles as Howard's Kristen Harris defeated the Lady Monarchs' junior Kerstin Endlich (Neustadt, Germany), 7-6, 6-3.

In doubles play, Old Dominion captured all three matches. The duos of Kerstin Endlich/Fernanda Luiz and Larissa Santos/Barbara Costa each won their doubles matches by a score of 8-1. Endlich and Luiz defeated Howard's Kristin Harris and Courtney Dorsey at No. 1 doubles, while Santos and Costa downed the Bisons' Cecelia Townes and Nicole Henderson. Linda Garder and Barbara Kerner rounded out doubles play for the Lady Monarchs, picking up an 8-2 victory over Laura Marin and Marian Blancada

The Lady Monarchs return to action on Friday hosting Hampton Roads rival Norfolk State and CAA rival George Mason.

Doubles:

No. 1 Kerstin Endlich/Fernanda Luiz (ODU) def. Kristen Harris/Courtney Dorsey (HU): 8-1
No. 2 Larissa Santos/Barbara Costa (ODU) def. Cecelia Townes/Nicole Henderson (HU): 8-1
No.3 Linda Garder/Barbara Kerner (ODU) def. Laura Marin/Marian Blancada (HU): 8-2

Singles:

No. 1 Kristen Harris (HU) def. Kerstin Endlich (ODU): 7-6, 6-3
No. 2 Larissa Santos (ODU) def. Courtney Dorsey (HU): 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Fernanda Luiz (ODU) def. Laura Marin (HU): 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 Barbara Costa (ODU) def. Nicole Henderson (HU): 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 Barbara Kerner (ODU) def. Cecelia Townes (HU): 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 Linda Garder (ODU) def. Marian Blancada (HU): 6-1, 6-2

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