The Texas State women’s tennis team won their fourth straight match overall and improved to 2-0 against Southland Conference teams with a 5-2 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.
The Bobcats won all three doubles matches to earn the team point and then won four of the six matches in singles play against the Lions for the win after edging Nicholls 4-3 a day earlier.
“Nicholls played really well and surprised us a little on Saturday,” Texas State head coach Tory Plunkett said. “We won the match because we fought hard and believed we could win. It was a huge win for us to start conference play because we really didn’t execute that well, but still fought hard for every point and found a way to win. Today, we came back and played very well in doubles.”
The Bobcats won all three doubles matches in dominant fashion. Andrea Giraldo and Melissa Hadad teamed to beat Audrey Chelini and Morgane Dadot 8-4 in the top doubles match. Mariana Perez and Gabriela Rojas defeated Camille Pilon and Nina Schmied, 8-2, while Kiki Kruse and Nyssa Peele defeated Mia Hagiu and Annika Hanke 8-4 in the other two doubles matches.
“The one thing that I was concerned about after the doubles matches today was that I didn’t want us to get overconfident heading into the singles matches,” Plunkett said. “Our three freshmen came out a little overconfident, but Melissa turned things around and won her match. The three seniors really carried us today.”
Kruse won her singles match over Hagiu in dominant fashion with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in No. 5 singles play.
Southeastern tied the team score at 2-2 when Pilon defeated Rojas 6-2, 6-3 in the number-three match and Dadot won 6-0, 6-1 over Perez.
Texas State regained the team lead when Giraldo won her top singles match 6-4, 7-5 over Chelini.
“With Kiki winning her match so quickly, we never trailed today and that was a big mental lift for the other players,” Plunkett said. “When she won, Melissa and Nyssa were trailing in their matches, but seeing her win gave them a lift, and they came back to win the first sets in each of the their matches.”
Both players came from behind to force a tie-breaker that they both eventually won. Peele won her tiebreaker 7-5 to win the first set 7-6 before coming back to win the second set 7-1 over Hanke.
Hadad won her tiebreaker rather easily 7-1 and won the second set 6-2 over Schmied.
With the victory over Southeastern, Texas State improved its record to 6-2 overall and began its Southland Conference schedule with a 2-0 mark.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER