LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's tennis team swept doubles play and won four out of six singles matches for a 7-2 non-conference victory over Mount Holyoke on Saturday in Merrill Gymnasium, the 28th-ranked Bobcats' home opener.
Pacing the Bobcats with 2-0 performances on the day were sophomore Elena Mandzhukova (Lisbon, Portugal), senior captain Jacqui Holmes (Harvard, Mass.) and senior Ashley Brunk (Phoenix, Ariz.).
Mandzhukova and Brunk combined for an 8-3 win over AnnElizabeth Konkel and Margaux Holloschutz at No. 1 doubles. Holmes and junior Lucy Brennan (Wellesley, Mass.) also posted an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles, and at third doubles, senior Nicole Russell (Boca Raton, Fla.) and junior Kristen Doerer (Madison, Conn.) pasted My-Linh Nguyen and Sarah Anischik 8-1.
Mandzhukova and Holmes each won in straight sets at first and second singles, respectively, over Nahrhee Han and Konkel. Brunk won in a super tiebreaker at fourth singles, and sophomore Audrey Grauer (Encinitas, Calif.) dominated Nguyen at No. 6.
The visiting Lyons dropped to 5-6. They received their points in Anischik's super tiebreaker win over Brennan at third singles, and Holloschutz's super tiebreaker win over Russell at fifth singles.
Bates (2-2) will host Babson in another non-conference match on Friday, March 8 at 3:30pm in Merrill.
Bates 7, Mount Holyoke 2
Mar 2, 2013 at Lewiston, Maine (Wallach Tennis Center)
1. Elena Mandzhukova/Ashley Brunk (BAT) def. AnnElizabeth Konkel/Margaux Holloschutz (MHC) 8-3
2. Jacquelyn Holmes/Lucy Brennan (BAT) def. Nahrhee Han/Eman Malik (MHC) 8-3
3. Nicole Russell/Kristen Doerer (BAT) def. My-Linh Nguyen/Sarah Anischik (MHC) 8-1
1. Elena Mandzhukova (BAT) def. Nahrhee Han (MHC) 6-1, 6-3
2. Jacquelyn Holmes (BAT) def. AnnElizabeth Konkel (MHC) 6-0, 6-3
3. Sarah Anischik (MHC) def. Lucy Brennan (BAT) 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)
4. Ashley Brunk (BAT) def. Eman Malik (MHC) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4)
5. Margaux Holloschutz (MHC) def. Nicole Russell (BAT) 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Audrey Graver (BAT) def. My-Linh Nguyen (MHC) 6-1, 6-2