UCF women's tennis beats Denver, carries winning streak to six

UCF Women's tennis players Natalia Serrano and Nandini Sharma congratulate each other after they score point against Denver during doubles matches on Saturday. The pair beat Arisha Ladhani and Toni Nelson 6-1, helping lead the Knights to a 5-2 victory. 

The UCF women’s tennis team gained another win Saturday, beating Denver 5-2 to extend its winning streak to six games.

The first doubles pair to claim a point for the Knights was Rebeka Stolmar and Marie Mattel, who beat the Pioneers' Tatum Burger and Anna Riedmiller 6-1.

The Knights' second doubles win came soon after, with Natalia Serrano and Nandini Sharma beating Arisha Ladhani and Toni Nelson 6-1.

The third doubles match, which pitted UCF's Valeriya Zeleva and Ksenia Kuznetsova against Denver's Bianca Mok and Camille Verden-Anderson, ended in a 3-3 tie.

UCF’s first singles point went to Serrano, who beat Nelson 6-1, 6-1 to earn her fourth straight win. Stolmar was next to win, beating Ladhani, 6-2, 6-2 for her fifth win a row.

“She was a tough opponent, but I came out with a good win, so I’m pretty happy about it,” Stolmar said.

The next win went to Sharma, who beat Verden-Anderson 6-3, 6-1, bringing her personal win streak to six.

The next two matches ended in two victories for Denver. Mok beat Zeleva 0-6, 6-0, 7-6, while Burger beat Mattel 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The final victory for the Knights came from Kuznetsova, who beat Riedmiller 7-6, 6-4.

The next match for the women’s tennis team is Sunday against Florida, which is a part of College MatchDay.

Serrano said while the team feels good about its winning streak, it also remains confident in its ability to beat the Gators on Sunday.

“Six straight wins, and we’re going for the seventh,” Serrano said.

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