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Women’s Tennis Blanks Tennessee State 7-0

Maria Thibault
Maria Thibault

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The SIUE women's tennis team picked up its first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season in a 7-0 win at Tennessee State Friday.

SIUE improves to 6-9 on the season and 1-2 in OVC play. The Tigers drop to 5-10 and 0-4 in the OVC.

"I could not be more proud of this team picking up a big OVC win," SIUE Head Coach Adam Albertsen said. "We came in with awesome energy and fight today."

The Cougars picked up the doubles point after winning the No. 1 and No. 2 matches. In No. 1 doubles, SIUE's Ann-Christine Link and Lara Tupper defeated Aarushi Kakkar and Morgan Cage, 6-3.

SIUE won the No. 2 doubles match, where Callaghan Adams and Maria Thibault defeated Pragati Natraj and Claudia Sole, 7-5. Adams and Thibault are now 2-0 in No. 2 doubles OVC play. The No. 3 doubles match went unfinished.

"It was great to grab the doubles point, and we really took control of the match in singles play," Albertsen added.

In singles play, the Cougars won all six matches. In No. 1 singles, SIUE's Alina Munteanu defeated Kakkar, 6-4, 6-3. Munteanu improves to 8-4 in No. 1 singles play this season.

Tupper continues her hot streak in No. 2 singles for the Cougars, where she defeated Natraj, 2-6, 7-5, 10-7. Tupper has won four straight No. 2 singles matches and is 8-2 overall on the season.

In No. 3 singles, Adams defeated Abhilasha Vishwanath, 6-4, 6-3. Adams is 3-1 in her last four No. 3 singles matches. SIUE's Raillane Kamdem won her second straight No. 4 singles match, defeating Mackenzie Beckham, 6-1, 6-4.

Link has won three of her last four singles matches after defeating Sole, 6-3, 6-4. In the No. 6 singles match, Thibault defeated Ashia Jones, 6-1, 6-3.

"We will look to take this victory and momentum into a quick turnaround against Belmont tomorrow," said Albertsen.  

The Cougars will close out their road trip to Nashville Saturday, as they will face Belmont at 10 a.m.

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