MURFREESBORO – After both MTSU’s men’s and women’s tennis teams suffered defeats Friday, they were both able to bounce back and pick up big wins on Saturday.
The men’s netters (12-10) defeated VCU (14-9), 4-1, in Memphis. The women’s team (17-4) earned a 4-0 shutout victory over Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech (6-9) in New Orleans.
Looking to salvage a win in Memphis this weekend, MTSU’s men’s tennis team came through with a 4-1 victory over VCU Saturday.
The Blue Raiders picked up the doubles point with two quick wins. At the No. 1 position, Ben Davis and Victor Hoang turned back VCU’s Jospeh Cohen and Daryl Monfils, 6-4.
Dima Zyhmantovich and Ettore Zito completed the doubles sweep at No. 3, defeating Michal Voscek and Antonio Batlle Rodriguez, 6-2. The two victories gave MTSU a quick 1-0 lead over the Rams.
MTSU continued its winning ways in singles playing, scoring two-straight wins to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Zito made quick work of VCU’s Catalin Fifea, beating him in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot. At No. 1, Davis managed a straight sets victory as well, turning back Voscek 6-1, 7-5.
The Rams scored their lone point of the match at No. 5. Wilder Pimentel landed a point for VCU with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Zyhmantovich.
However, Gian Issa shut the door on any attempt at a comeback, clinching the match with a 7-5, 6-2 victory at the No. 4 spot. His win gave MTSU the 4-1 win.
MTSU now sits at 12-10 on the season. The men’s team will play its final home match on Tuesday against Austin Peay. It will also be senior day. Ben Davis, Victor Hoang, Yannick Born and Ettore Zito will be playing their final match for MTSU. The match beings at 2 p.m. CST.
After seeing its eight-match winning streak ended on Friday, MTSU’s women’s tennis team rebounded with a 4-0 shutout win over Louisiana Tech Saturday in New Orleans.
The Blue Raiders started the match with a clean sweep in doubles play. The pair of Brittany Huxley and Nayara Moraes got things off to a good start, tallying an 8-4 win at the No. 2 spot over Alexandra Starkova and Taly Merker.
Jesse Grace and Sarah Sediri locked down the doubles point for MTSU at the No. 3 spot, scoring an 8-5 victory over Manoela Chiacchio and Jazmin Britos.
MTSU carried this momentum over into singles play, earning a clean sweep there as well. Moraes, who lost her first match of the season on Friday, nabbed a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Merker at No. 5.
Huxley matched her teammate at No. 4, picking up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tarrannum Handa. Sediri finished off the shutout victory at No. 6. She beat Haley Ballinger 7-6 (11-9), 6-1. The victory by Sediri gave MTSU a 4-0 match win.
MTSU improved to 17-4 on the season. The Blue Raiders will finish off the regular season on Friday when they host South Alabama. The match will begin at 2 p.m. CST.
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