LANCASTER, Pa. - - The Wilmington University women's tennis team started its 2020 spring season off on the right foot, defeating Millersville, 5-2, on Friday afternoon at the Racquet Club West.
The Wildcats (4-8) picked up the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2, and then finished off the Marauders by winning each of the top four singles events.
The newcomers started the day off with a donut at No. 2 doubles, as Larize Nel and Valentina Ivankovic started their Wilmington careers with a win. Senior Laura Gil and Andrea Ribalta then cemented the doubles' point with a 6-1 victory at No. 1.
Not in the fashion that she wanted to earn the point, but senior Laura Gil got the first singles' point for the Wildcats with a retirement victory at No. 1. Valentina Ivankovic kept the momentum rolling with a win at No. 2 in her singles debut, going 6-1 and 6-2 for the win. Andrea Ribalta hammered the victory home with the team's fourth point of the match, winning at No. 3 singles, 6-0 and 6-2. Larize Nel capped her Wilmington debut with a win at No. 4 singles as well, winning 6-0 and 6-3.
The Wildcats' opening weekend continues on Sunday, as they travel to The College of New Jersey for another nonconference match. The opening serve is set for 11:00 a.m. in Ewing, N.J.