ORLANDO, Fla. – The Ursinus College women's tennis team put on a dazzling display of dominance in moving above the break-even mark with a pair of 9-0 sweeps.
The Bears (4-3) pushed their overall record over .500 for the first time this season, crushing Curry at Oak Street Park before handling Marywood at the USTA National Campus.
Freshman Maddie Russell lost a total of four games over four matches to headline a bevy of remarkable individual efforts.
Ursinus 9, Curry 0
The Bears took no mercy in swiftly ending their morning opener with Curry, giving the Colonels a mere five games across seven contested matches.
With Curry forfeiting third doubles, juniors Caitlyn Sorelle and Summer Burkholder got Ursinus on the board first with an 8-0 blanking at number two. Freshmen Cara Freedman and Russell were off the court momentarily with an 8-1 rout at number one.
Ursinus posted three 6-0, 6-0 score lines in singles play. Freedman was first off the courts at number five, with Russell at number two and sophomore Madisen Harvey at number four putting the finishing touches on their own shutouts shortly thereafter.
Sorelle just missed out on joining the double bagel party with a 6-0, 6-1 victory on the first court, and Burkholder collected a 6-0, 6-3 result at third singles.
Ursinus 9, Marywood 0
Harvey and Burkholder swept aside their opponents at third doubles with an 8-0 shutout, with Freedman and Russell producing an 8-2 win at number two. Sorelle joined freshman Brenna Trkula, making her return from a brief injury absence, for an 8-3 result on the top court.
Trkula was first in with a 6-1, 6-1 win at number three singles, followed closely by a 6-1, 6-0 victory for Russell at number two and a 6-0, 6-1 score from freshman Jessica Leach at number four.
Burkholder was just as dominant, winning 6-1, 6-0 on the fifth court, and Sorelle dispatched the Pacers' top player by a count of 6-3, 6-1.
The sweep was briefly in doubt during the final match of the night, but Harvey outlasted her opponent for a 6-0, 4-6, 10-8 decision at sixth singles.
The Bears conclude their Florida trip against North Central (Ill.) on Friday.