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Women's tennis sweeps both Mount Holyoke and Smith

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates College women's tennis team swept both Mount Holyoke and Smith by 9-0 scores on Saturday at Mount Holyoke's Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Field House. The pair of wins lifted the Bobcats' record over the .500 mark at 3-2 thus far.

In the first match of the day against the host Lyons, Bates won all but one of the singles matches in straight sets. From top to bottom, the Bobcats featured first-year Elena Mandzhukova (Lisbon, Portugal), senior Meg Anderson (Cohasset, Mass.), junior Jacqui Holmes (Harvard, Mass.), senior Erika Blauth (Camden, Maine), first-year Audrey Grauer (Encinitas, Calif.) and sophomore Lucy Brennan (Wellesley, Mass.).

The Bobcats also swept the doubles matches. Their pairings included Mandzhukova and Anderson, Blauth and sophomore Kristen Doerer (Madison, Conn.) and juniors Nicole Russell (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Ashley Brunk (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Bates was even more dominating against Smith College later in the day, winning two out of three doubles matches by 8-0 scores before sweeping all six singles matches, while allowing the Pioneers to win only 11 games.

Bates travels to Middlebury, Vt., next weekend to take on New York University on Saturday at 4pm, followed by its first NESCAC match of the season on Sunday at 8:30am against the host Panthers.

Bates 9, Mount Holyoke 0
March 3, 2012 at Mount Holyoke (South Hadley, Mass.)

Doubles
1. Elena Mandzhukova/Meg Anderson (BAT) def. Nahrhee Han/AnnElizabeth Konkel (MHC) 8-1
2. Erika Blauth/Kristen Doerer (BAT) def. Kelsey Brower/Heather Richardson (MHC) 8-4
3. Ashley Brunk/Nicole Russell (BAT) def. Maya Sayarath/Jenni Lee (MHC) 8-3

Singles
1. Elena Mandzhukova (BAT) def. Maya Sayarath (MHC) 6-1, 6-1
2. Meg Anderson (BAT) def. Sarah Anischik (MHC) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jacqui Holmes (BAT) def. AnnElizabeth Konkel (MHC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Erika Blauth (BAT) def. Eman Malik (MHC) 7-6 (8-1), 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Audrey Grauer (BAT) def. Heather Richardson (MHC) 6-0, 7-5
6. Lucy Brennan (BAT) def. Kelsey Brower (MHC) 6-1, 6-4

Bates 9, Smith 0
March 3, 2012 at Mount Holyoke (South Hadley, Mass.)

Doubles
1. Elena Mandzhukova/Meg Anderson (B) def. Gianna Teague/Jordan Dubin (S) 8-4
2. Erika Blauth/Kristen Doerer (B) def. Bayla Weick/Haurka Shimoto (S) 8-0
3. Ashley Brunk/Nicole Russell (B) def. Allie Ryan/Julia Signell (S) 8-0

Singles
1. Mandzhukova (B) def. Teague (S) 6-0, 6-0
2. Anderson (B) def. Dubin (S) 6-3, 6-2
3. Jacqui Holmes (B) def. Weick (S) 6-1, 6-1
4. Blauth (B) def. Signell (S) 6-2, 6-0
5. Audrey Grauer (B) def. Grace McKay-Corkum (S) 6-1, 6-0
6. Lucy Brennan (B) def. Robyn Cyr (S) 6-0, 6-1