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No. 12 ART U Tennis Sweeps Top Singles to Beat PLNU

WTEN - Nina Gajdosikova (by Rob Garcia)

Nina Gajdosikova. Photo by Rob Garcia.

Nationally ranked teams continued to be no problem for the No. 12 Academy of Art University women’s tennis team on March 9 as the Urban Knights defeated their third top-30 ranked NCAA Division II team this season with a 6–3 win over No. 22 Point Loma at the San Francisco Tennis Club.

The Urban Knights (4–1) won the No. 1 through No. 4 singles spots and took an early 2–1 advantage in the match with victories at the top-two doubles spots. Singles was very competitive, as four matches went three sets. Four sets in four different matches were won with a decisive seventh game. ART U is now 3–0 against NCAA D-II ranked teams with all victories coming at 6–3 or better.

Senior Jenny Johansson (Fashion Design) continued her undefeated spring with a three-set, 5–7, 6–0, 6–3, win over Preethika Venugopal at No. 4 singles—her highest matchup so far in 2015 duals. She also teamed with junior Michelle Dandik Zaale (Fashion Design) at No. 2 doubles to win 8–3 over Regina von Koch and Venugopal, moving to 5–0 in doubles, including 2–0 with Dandik Zaale.

Senior Nina Gajdosikova (Graphic Design), the No. 43-nationally ranked singles player, won her third straight match at No. 1 singles with a 7–6 (7–3), 4–6, 6–3, win over PLNU’s (5–6) Madeline Cunningham to move to 4–1 this spring. She also won at No. 1 doubles with junior Lucia Zavarcikova (Motion Pictures & Television), 8–4 over Nikki Newell and Hilary Ramage. Zavarcikova won at No. 2 singles 7–5, 6–3, over Newell and Zaale won in three sets at No. 3 over von Koch, 4–6, 7–5, 6–3.