Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
MISSOULA, Mont. - Southern Utah University women's tennis squared the match at 2-2 with a pair of wins in singles, but the University of Montana came back with three singles wins of its own to post the 5-2 victory over the Thunderbirds on Tuesday. The loss drops the T-Birds to 10-7 on the year and 5-4 in the Big Sky Conference.
Montana swept all three doubles matches to get the doubles point and then won at No. 4 singles to take an early 2-0 lead. However, the Thunderbirds countered with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles to tie the match at 2-2. Alex Ivanova, playing at No. 2, won her 11th consecutive match with a 6-3, 6-2, straight-set victory over Montana's Laurence Pelchat. Freshman Veronika Rogova recovered from a poor first set, one she lost 6-1, to come back and post a 7-5, 6-1 victory over the final two sets at No. 3 singles.
Two more singles matches were stretched to three sets with Southern Utah falling in each. Olya Kunz won her first set 7-5 over Heather Davidson at No. 1 singles, but ultimately fell 6-3, 6-1 as the matched progressed. Anastasiia Vasileva and Montana's Precious Gbadamosi swapped sets at love in the first and second frames, but it was Gbadamosi that captured the final set 6-1 for the win.
A final win by the Grizzlies at No. 6 singles led to the final tally of 5-2.
Southern Utah will wrap up its regular season on Thursday, hosting Weber State on Senior Day. The match will be played at the Green Valley Resort & Spa in St. George, Utah with doubles anticipated to begin at 2:00 p.m.
Montana 5, Southern Utah 2
April 16, 2013 at Missoula, Mont. (Peak Racquet Club)
1. Heather Davidson (UM) def. Olya Kunz (SUU), 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
2. Aleksandra Ivanova (SUU) def. Laurence Pelchat (UM), 6-3, 6-2
3. Veronika Rogova (SUU) def. Haley Driver (UM), 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Sasha Carter (UM) def. Madeline Skaras (SUU), 6-2, 6-3
5. Precious Gbadamosi (UM) def. Anastasiia Vasileva (SUU), 6-0, 0-6, 6-1
6. Ashley Mackey (UM) def. Afton Staheli (SUU), 6-2, 6-2
1. Heather Davidson/Laurence Pelchat (UM) def. Aleksandra Ivanova/Olya Kunz (SUU), 8-2
2. Sasha Carter/Maddy Murray (UM) def. Veronika Rogova/Anastasiia Vasileva (SUU), 8-6
3. Haley Driver/Precious Gbadamosi (UM) def. Madeline Skaras/Afton Staheli (SUU), 8-1
Southern Utah: 10-7, 5-4 BSC
Montana: 13-7, 8-1 BSC
Order of Finish:
Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)
Tue. Apr. 14
vs. Idaho State
(L) 1 -6
Fri. Apr. 10
vs. Portland State
(L) 3 -4
Thu. Apr. 9
@ Northern Arizona
(L) 0 -7 POST
Tue. Apr. 7
(L) 2 -5
Sat. Apr. 4
vs. Weber State
(L) 2 -5
Thu. Apr. 2
vs. Dixie State
(W) 6 -1
Fri. Apr. 24
@ Big Sky Tournament