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