Virginia Wesleyan women post back-to-back victories

Marisa Cifuentes
Marisa Cifuentes

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College's women's tennis team accomplished a couple of firsts in back-to-back Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) competition at the Everett Tennis Center.

Not only did the Marlins post their first ODAC win of the season in a 7-2 decision over Hollins University, but they also recorded their first consecutive triumphs of the season with a 5-4 win over Emory & Henry College.

Rookie Marissa Cifuentes (Virginia Beach/Bayside)produced the key win for the Marlins against Emory & Henry.

"Marissa landed wrong and hurt her ankle during the end of the first set," said VWC assistant coach Chris Yost, "but still managed to fight through the pain and get the Marlins the deciding match victory."
Cifuentes posted a 6-2, 6-2 decision at the No. 3 flight over Meredith Yeary (Knoxville, Tenn./Halls) to go 2-0 in the ODAC matches.  She played at the No. 2 flight against Hollins and won 6-0, 6-2 over Tiffany Hodges (Vinton/William Byrd).  The victories improved Cifuentes' current winning streak to five consecutive matches.  She is now 8-3 at the No. 3 position and 9-3 overall.
Virginia Wesleyan won five of six singles matches against Hollins, highlighted by a couple of thrillers by sophomore Sydney Charity (Hampton/Hampton) and rookie Kaitlyn Rapoza (Hampton/Bethel). The victory was the third for Charity and the first for Rapoza. Rapoza also teamed with Cifuentes to post an impressive 8-0 victory at No. 3 doubles against HU.
Sophomore Hannah Parent (Port Tobacco, Md./Indian Head Henry E. Lackey) and rookie Lisa Nguyen (Virginia Beach/Tallwood)combined for a big 9-7 win at No. 2 doubles to help post the win over Emory & Henry.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Tuesday, April 8, at Shenandoah University at 3:30 p.m.