California (Pa.) rolls to victory
Pieschl leads Vulcans to rout of Mercyhurst
MONROEVILLE, Pa. --13th-ranked California University (Pa.) took sole possession of first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West standings on Friday evening by claiming a 9-0 win against Mercyhurst at Club Sport and Health.
With its fifth consecutive win, the Vulcans improves to 16-7 this season with a 3-0 mark in league play. Meanwhile, the Lakers are now 17-4 overall and 2-1 in divisional action.
The Vulcans swept doubles play for the fifth consecutive match and 12th time this season. At first doubles, the No. 20-ranked tandem of junior Annabel Pieschl and Jade Pondicas collected an 8-4 with over Lakers' Caroline Bristol and Kim Ezzo, the fifth-ranked doubles team in the region. Juniors Axelle Fernandez and Anastassiya Zherdeva extended their win streak to seven matches by posting an 8-2 win at the second slot against Rebecca Haener and Kelton Macke. Senior Laurie Navarro and junior Franziska Steinhardt closed doubles play by dealing Mercyhurst's Jenna Raynor and Courtney Thompson an 8-3 defeat at the third position.
In singles action, Pieschl earned her team-leading 25th win of the season by claiming a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ezzo, the eighth-ranked player in the region, at the first slot. Pondicas topped Bristol at second singles 6-4, 6-2 for her fifth consecutive victory, while Steinhardt collected a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Haener at the third position.
Zherdeva tallied a 6-2, 6-0 win at fourth singles over Macke and Fernandez blanked Raynor, 6-0, 6-0, at the fifth spot. Navarro added a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Thompson at the sixth position on Friday.