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Women's tennis trounces West Liberty

The women?s tennis team defeated Division II power West Liberty (W.Va.) 8?1 Tuesday, September 27, on the road. The Tartans swept the doubles and then breezed to victory, winning five of the six singles matches.
CMU All-American Amy Staloch, who had to withdraw from the ITA tournament with an eye infection, returned with a vengeance, scoring a 6?0, 6?2 victory at No. 1 singles. She was joined by Sheena David, Kelly Nakamura, Mai Otsuka, and Asako Hayashi as easy winners. Aside from No. 4 singles, which the Tartans? Samantha Schultz lost to a red-hot Liz Allison 6?4, 6?2, the Tartans did not drop a single set and lost only a total of 15 games.
CMU head coach Andrew Girard called the match a pivotal win for the program, saying. ?To dominate a team like that shows where we are as a program. It was windy, on the road, at night right after a big tournament; I?m very happy we took care of it.?
The Tartans dominated right from the outset. In doubles, David and Staloch blitzed by the West Liberty team of Heather Alcorn and Brandi Mooney in less than 45 minutes, 8?0. The team of Schultz and Nakamura then won at No. 2 doubles 8?4, and Allison Liu and Otsuka easily won at the No. 3 spot. The Tartans never gave up the momentum and quickly closed out the match, winning the necessary two singles matches (best-of-nine format) in less than an hour. CMU is now 2-0 on the season in team competition.