Thunderbirds Topped by UC Riverside
By SUU Strategic Communication
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The Southern Utah University women’s tennis team played UC Riverside on Friday on the road in California. The Thunderbirds fell 4-3 to the Highlanders after a close match.
The T-Birds took the first point of the day in the doubles competition, sweeping all three matches.
The Thunderbirds’ teams of junior Lauren Martin and senior Evgenia Marushko, as well as juniors Mikala Lowrance and Teresa de Enrique Schmidt, both won their matches 7-5 in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions respectively.
In the No. 3 position, sophomore Charity Sagiao and freshman Cloe Stocking topped Highlanders’ Tamilla Vaksman and Nicole Hitomi 6-2.
In the singles competition, Marushko defeated Highlanders’ Sara Khattab 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 1 position.
The Thunderbirds’ third and final point came from Martin in the No. 6 position, topping Hitomi 6-2, 7-6 (1).
“The doubles matches were close and we’re starting to pull those out,” SUU head coach Rose Ketmayura said. “We couldn’t maintain the level of focus throughout singles and fell short. It was another close match and UC Riverside worked for that win.”
The Thunderbirds will play again on Friday, March 24 in Las Vegas against Boise State. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m.
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1. MARUSHKO, Evgenia (SUUW) def. Sara Khattab (UCRWTEN) 6-3, 6-3
2. Tracy Van (UCRWTEN) def. LOWRANCE, Mikala (SUUW) 6-4, 6-4
3. Lauren Wolfe (UCRWTEN) def. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Tere (SUUW) 6-2, 6-1
4. Tamilla Vaksman (UCRWTEN) def. STOCKING, Cloe (SUUW) 6-3, 6-0
5. Natalie Penner (UCRWTEN) def. SAGIAO, Charity (SUUW) 6-4, 7-5
6. MARTIN LOZANO, Laura (SUUW) def. Arabella Valera (UCRWTEN) 6-2, 7-6
1. MARUSHKO, Evgenia/MARTIN LOZANO, Laura (SUUW) def. Sara Khattab/Natalie Penner (UCRWTEN) 6-4
2. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Tere/LOWRANCE, Mikala (SUUW) def. Tracy Van/Lauren Wolfe (UCRWTEN) 7-53. SAGIAO, Charity/STOCKING, Cloe (SUUW) def. Tamilla Vaksman/Nicole Hitomi (UCRWTEN) 6-2