July 13, 2013
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YORK, England - Auburn senior Marta Sanz and former Tiger Patricia Sanz led their native Spain to the 2013 European Ladies Amateur Team Championship Saturday at the Fulford Golf Club in York, England. After second-place finishes the last two years, the Spanish national team pulled out a 5-2 win over Austria in the championship match for the win.
Marta Sanz, a 2013 All-Southeastern Conference Second Team selection, won a point for Spain in the morning doubles matches. She played alongside Natalia Escuriola in a 5-and-4 win over Austria's Sarah Schober and Marlies Krenn.
In the afternoon singles matches, former Tiger Patricia Sanz, the 2012 SEC Tournament Champion, took the team's most dominating singles victory in a 2-and-1 win over Austria's Nina Muehl.
The Spanish team was the No. 2 seed in match play after finishing second among the 19 European teams in qualifying. Spain defeated France in the first round before taking down host England in the semifinals, setting up Saturday's championship match against Austria.
The win was the fifth all-time for Spain after winning the championship previously in 1995, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The Spaniards took third in 2008 while finishing second in 2010 and 2011.