BETHLEHEM, Pa. – It took seven tries but the Lehigh women’s tennis team finally got into the win column with a convincing 7-0 shutout of St. Francis (N.Y.) Saturday at the Lewis Tennis Center. The Mountain Hawks swept all seven matches in a modified two-doubles, five-singles format and dropped just four games on the afternoon as they improve to 1-6 on the season.
In doubles action, Lehigh’s four freshmen combined to provide two points for the Brown and White. Taylor Hampshire and Jenai Bilimoria won 8-1 over Arianna Van Sluytman and Ewa Opala at No. 1 doubles, while Jill Sloand and Kathleen Larkin won by the same score over Shakaya Slay and Shimiere Douglas at No. 2 doubles.
In singles play, Lehigh won all five matches, dropping just two games in the process. Hampshire beat Van Sluytman 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for her first varsity singles point, while Bilimoria got her first singles win 6-0, 6-0 over Opala at No. 2 singles. Larkin also picked up her first singles win for the Mountain Hawks, blanking Angel Lawrence 6-0, 6-0.
Sophomores Patricia Muething and Abbey Perl posted wins at third and fourth singles, with Muething blanking Slay 6-0, 6-0 and Perl winning 6-0, 6-1 over Douglas.
The Mountain Hawks will now be off until Sunday March 6 when they travel to Fort Meyers, Florida to face Florida Gulf Coast in the first of two spring break matches.
Lehigh 7, St. Francis (N.Y.) 0
1. Hampshire/Bilimoria (LU) def. Van Sluytman/Opala (SFC) 8-1
2. Sloand/Larkin (LU) def. Slay/Douglas (SFC) 8-1
1. Taylor Hampshire (LU) def. Arianna Van Sluytman (SFC) 6-1, 6-0
2. Jenai Bilimoria (LU) def. Ewa Opala (SFC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Patricia Muething (LU) def. Shakaya Slay (SFC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Abbey Perl (LU) def. Shimiere Douglas (SFC) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kathleen Larkin (LU) def. Angel Lawrence (SFC) 6-0, 6-0