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Women's tennis downs Occidental in season opener, 6-3

GLENDALE, Calif. -- The Bates women's tennis team controlled by doubles and singles play in its first dual match of the year, a 6-3 win over Occidental College at the Scholl Canyon Country Club on Sunday.

Senior captain Erika Blauth (Camden, Maine) and sophomore Kristen Doerer (Madison, Conn.) won 8-1 at second doubles, and junior captain Jacqui Holmes (Harvard, Mass.) and sophomore Lucy Brennan (Wellesley, Mass.) teamed up for an 8-3 win at third doubles to lift the Bobcats to a 2-1 lead after doubles play.

Holmes and Blauth went 2-0 on the day, with Holmes only allowing her opponent one game at third singles, and Blauth also winning in straight sets at fourth singles. First-year Elena Mandzhukova (Lisbon, Portugal) defeated Krish Subbiah, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 1 singles, and fellow first-year Audrey Grauer (Encinitas, Calif.) won 6-0, 6-3 at fifth singles.

Bates (1-0) continues its California trip with a match at the University of Redlands on Wednesday at 2pm, followed by a match at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday at 10am.

Bates 6, Occidental 3
Feb. 19, 2012 at Scholl Canyon Country Club, Glendale, Calif.

Doubles
1. Elena Mandzhukova/Meg Anderson (Bates) def. by Subbiah/Buckner (Occidental) 8-5
2. Erika Blauth/Kristen Doerer (Bates) def. Washstein/Hutton (Occidental) 8-1
3. Jacqui Holmes/Lucy Brennan (Bates) def. Cherney/Gadsden (Occidental) 8-3

Singles                    
1. Elena Mandzhukova (Bates) def. Kris Subbiah (Occidental) 6-3, 6-3
2. Meg Anderson (Bates) def. by Rachel Buckner (Occidental) 6-2, 6-4
3. Jacqui Holmes (Bates) def. Rachel Washstein    BATES    6-0, 6-1
4. Erika Blauth (Bates) def. Francis Hutton    BATES    6-3, 6-3
5. Audrey Grauer (Bates) def. Amber Gadsden    BATES    6-0, 6-3
6. Lucy Brennan (Bates) def. by Melani Kaiser (Occidental) 6-1, 6-1