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Cougars Fall In Season Opener to IUPUI

Ann-Christine Link, Lara Tupper
Ann-Christine Link, Lara Tupper

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE women's tennis team was upended 7-0 by IUPUI Saturday during both teams' season openers.

The day started off with doubles play. Valeriia Lavrenchuk and Krystal Grubb of IUPUI defeated SIUE's Ann-Christine Link and Lara Tupper 6-4. In the second doubles match, Samantha Mayer and Molly Nguyen (IUPUI) defeated Raillane Kamdem and Katherine Lahue (SIUE) 6-2. In the final doubles match, Marina Schneiger and Hayley Trinkle (IUPUI) defeated SIUE newcomers Anna Talley and Angel Ikeda 6-2.

"I'm very proud of Katherine, Anna and Angel today," Head Coach Nick Mueller said. "They competed hard, showed a lot of courage and represented SIUE well."

Singles play ended with the Jaguars taking all six matches. In the number one match, Lavrenchuk defeated Tupper in two tough sets 7-6 (1), 6-2. Grubb defeated Link 6-2, 6-4 in the number two singles match and Mayer defeated Kamdem 6-3, 6-4 in the number three singles. Nguyen defeated Lahue 6-0, 6-0, Schneiger defeated Talley 6-2, 6-1 and Trinkle defeated Ikeda 6-1, 6-2.

"We had some very close sets in singles that didn't go our way today," Mueller added. "We will make adjustments and get those close sets in our favor."

The Cougars head to Springfield, Missouri, Sunday for a 1 p.m. start time against Missouri State.

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