Olya Kunz
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SUU Tennis Sweeps Dixie State in Season Opener

February 02, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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ST. GEORGE, Utah - Southern Utah University women's tennis only dropped 15 games in nine matches en route to a  season-opening sweep at Dixie State on Saturday afternoon.

The Thunderbirds began the 9-0 victory by capturing the three doubles points, as per NCAA Division II scoring, with all three teams jumping out to quick leads. The duo of freshmen Veronika Rogova and Madeline Skaras began their match with a 3-0 advantage and eventually finished with an 8-2 victory over DSC's Ashley Anderson and Sierra Smith.

The No. 3 doubles squad, made up of Afton Staheli and Anastasiia Vasileva, was even better, racing to a 5-0 lead and taking their match 8-1 over the Red Storm's Lindsey Jones and Anna Caronquist. Olya Kunz and Alex Ivanova, playing at No. 1 doubles, wrapped up their match with a 8-2 win over Dixie's Joy Naigeon and Paige Nisson.

In singles, the trio of Kunz, Rogova and Ivanova playing at first, second and third singles, respectively, each posted straight-set victories of 6-0, 6-0 over their opponents.

Staheli, playing at No. 6 singles, opened her match against Caronquist, 6-1, and then bounced back from an 0-1 deficit in the second set to take the straight-set victory, 6-1. Vasileva also posted a straight-set victory at No. 5 singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jones.

Skaras, playing in the final match to wrap up during the competition, took her first set 6-1 and led 4-1 in the the second set before DSC's Anderson captured back-to-back games and pulled the match to within 4-3. Skaras answered and finished out the match with back-to-back games of her own for the 6-3 win.

"This was a great way to begin the season and was a good win for us," head coach Lenny Lee said at the end of the competition. "Our schedule will be tougher heading into the Big Sky this year, but we just hope to get better one day at a time."

Southern Utah will be back in action next weekend when the Thunderbirds play in three matches in the state of California. The road trip will begin at CS Northridge on Feb. 8, continue at CS Fullerton on Feb. 9 and conclude with a match at UC Riverside on Feb. 10.

Southern Utah University vs Dixie State College
2/3/2013 at St. George, Utah
(DSC Tennis Courts)

Southern Utah University 9, Dixie State College 0

 Singles competition
1. KUNZ, Olya (SUU) def. Joy Naigeon (DSC) 6-0, 6-0
2. ROGOVA, Veronika (SUU) def. Paige Nisson (DSC) 6-0, 6-0
3. IVANOVA, Aleksandra (SUU) def. Sierra Smith (DSC) 6-0, 6-0
4. SKARAS, Madeline (SUU) def. Ashley Anderson (DSC) 6-1, 6-3
5. VASILEVA, Anastasiia (SUU) def. Lindsey Jones (DSC) 6-2, 6-1
6. STAHELI, Afton (SUU) def. Anna Caronquist (DSC) 6-1, 6-1

 Doubles competition
1. KUNZ, Olya/IVANOVA, Aleksandra (SUU) def. Joy Naigeon/Paige Nisson (DSC) 8-2
2. SKARAS, Madeline/ROGOVA, Veronika (SUU) def. Ashley Anderson/Sierra Smith (DSC) 8-2
3. VASILEVA, Anastasiia/STAHELI, Afton (SUU) def. Lindsey Jones/Anna Caronquist (DSC) 8-1