Feb. 15, 2014
CHENEY, Wash. - Utah State women's tennis (6-1, 0-0 MW) bounced back after a tough loss Friday to Idaho with a 7-0 sweep of Eastern Washington on Saturday. The Aggies have eclipsed the win total from the entire 2013 spring season in just their first seven matches in 2014 under first-year head coach Sean McInerney.
"I was really happy with our bounce back win this morning against Eastern Washington," McInerney said. "It was a tough loss yesterday, and we really stressed getting back on a win streak. We battled tough and found a way to win for the sixth time this year. I am proud of this team, now we have to get back to work this week and get better."
Doubles play opened up with the freshman tandem of Lexi Turley and Nini Guensler winning their match at the second position, 8-4, against Katrina Domingo and Alexis Filliol. Then, the Eagles tied up the doubles score when Brittany Ellingson and Malieva Hedberg deafeated sophomore Amber Stuhlmann and freshman Katie Sweet, 8-7, at the third position. With the doubles point up in the air, USU's top doubles tandem of junior McKenzie Davis and sophomore Kallie Sperry defeated EWU's top duo, Moira Hedberg and Erin Blessing, 8-7, to give the Aggies the doubles point.
The Aggies only dropped two sets during singles play. It started when Davis defeated Moira Hedberg in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 1 spot, and continued when Guensler won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, against Katrina Domingo at the No. 3 spot. The dual match-clinching fourth point came when Turley defeated Ellingson in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot.
Then, freshman Cassidy Brantine won her match at the No. 5 spot against Malieva Hedberg in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. Amber Stuhlmann didn't lose a single game as she defeated Alyssa Nagai in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 6 spot. Finally, Sperry won in a third set tiebreaker at the No. 2 spot against Erin Blessing, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, to complete the sweep.
The Aggies are back in action on Friday, Feb. 21, when they travel back to Washington to face Seattle. First serve is set for 8 p.m. (MT).
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RESULTS Utah State 7 - Eastern Washington 0 Singles
1. McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Moira Hedberg (EWU) 6-2, 6-3 2. Kallie Sperry (USU) def. Erin Blessing (EWU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 3. Nini Guensler (USU) def. Katrina Domingo (EWU) 6-3, 6-1 4. Lexi Turley (USU) def. Brittany Ellingsen (EWU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 5. Cassidy Branstine (USU) def. Malieva Hedberg (EWU) 6-0, 6-3 6. Amber Stuhlmann (USU) def. Alyssa Nagai (EWU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Davis/Sperry (USU) def. Mo. Hedberg/Blessing (EWU) 8-7 2. Turley/Guensler (USU) def. Domingo/Filliol (EWU) 8-4 3. Ellengsen/Ma. Hedberg (EWU) def. Amb. Stuhlmann/Sweet (USU) 8-7
Order of finish: Singles: (1,3,4,5,6,2) Doubles: (2,3,1)
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