Utah State Women's Tennis Has Strong Start at Barb Chandler Classic
Sophomore Rhoda Tanui
Oct. 27, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Utah State women's tennis opened its run at the Boise State-hosted Barb Chandler Classic with a 3-1 start in both singles and doubles on Friday.

"It was a really good start to the weekend for us," head coach Sean McInerney said. "We did a good job controlling our emotions and staying consistent with our style of play. I was really proud of our effort today."

In singles, sophomore Hannah Jones won both her matches in the blue flight's round of 16, winning the first, 6-4, and only dropping one game in the second to win, 6-1, over Eastern Washington's Rylee Braeden. Sophomore Sophia Haleas had the same result in her match against Idaho State's Kristen Newell in the orange flight's round of 16, winning, 6-4, 6-1. Also in the orange flight's round of 16, freshman Alexandra Taylor collected her first singles victory in her collegiate career with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Eastern Washington's Valentina Sottile. Sophomore Rhoda Tanui rounded out the singles results facing Montana's Cam Kincaid. Tanui lost the first set, 6-3, but extended the match to three sets after a 6-3 victory, but lost the third, 6-3.

In doubles, Haleas and Tanui dropped just one game in the round of 16 match against Idaho State's Melissa Coburn and Megan Poe, winning, 8-1. The duo advanced to the quarterfinals where they won, 8-4, against Montana's Nathalie Joanlanne and Julia Ronney. Jones and Taylor lost, 8-2, in the round of 16 against Idaho State's Huibre-Mare Botes and Louise-Mare Botes. The duo went on to the consolation quarterfinals where they had an 8-4 victory over Montana's Lidia Dukic and Milica Panic.

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Blue Flight 
Round of 16
Cam Kincaid (Montana) def. Rhoda Tanui (USU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Hannah Jones (USU) def. Rylee Braeden (EWU) 6-4, 6-1
Orange Flight 
Round of 16
Sophia Haleas (USU) def. Kristen Newell (Idaho State) 6-4, 6-1
Alexandra Taylor (USU) def. Valentina Sottile (EWU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
Round of 16
Sophia Haleas/Rhoda Tanui (USU) def. Melissa Coburn/Megan Poe (ISU) 8-1
Huibre-Mare Botes/Louise-Mare Botes (ISU) def. Hannah Jones/Alexandra Taylor (USU) 8-2
Sophia Haleas/Rhoda Tanui (USU) def. Nathalie Joanlanne/Julia Ronney (UM) 8-4
Consolation Quarterfinals
Hannah Jones/Alexandra Taylor (USU) def. Lidia Dukic/Milica Panic (UM) 8-5




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