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February 16th, 2010
Bobcats win home tennis opener

021510giraldoaAndrea Giraldo is the No. 1 tennis player at Texas State. Texas State sports information photo.

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The Texas State women’s tennis team posted an easy victory in its first home match of the season Saturday, a 6-1 victory decision Trinity University.

The Bobcats won all three doubles matches and five of six singles matches, improving to 3-2 this season.

Texas State’s Andrea Giraldo, Melissa Hadad, Kiki Kruse, Nyssa Peele and Gabriel Rojas were all two-time winners, prevailing in their singles and doubles matches.

The Bobcats won all three doubles matches by scores of 8-2 to forge a commanding lead. Giraldo and Kruse won as decisively as possible in singles, each by scores of 6-0, 6-0.

“We went up very quickly, and then lost a couple of points in each of our doubles matches,” Texas State coach Tory Plunkett said. “I thought the key was that we did a great job of correcting those mistakes and regained control in each match … In singles play, we took care of business and made them play our game. That was an important factor in our ability to keep control of the pace in each match and maintain our lead.”

Texas State lost only one match the whole day, and even that one went past the limit. Trinity’s Kassie Seger needed three sets (2-6, 7-5, 10-6) to defeat Texas States’s Mariana Charalambous in the No. 6 singles match.

After their victory against Trinity, the Bobcats return to action Thursday afternoon at the Bobcat Tennis Complex against St. Edward’s (3 p.m.).

“We need to continue working on closing out games when we have our first opportunity,” Plunkett said. “We have to put pressure on each of our opponents on every point. That is something that will be very important when we start playing (Southland Conference) matches.”

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