CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University women's tennis dropped the doubles point, but came back to take No. 1 through No. 4 singles and post a 4-3 victory over Montana State University on Saturday. The win moves the Thunderbirds to 5-7 on the year and 2-4 in the Big Sky Conference. MSU dropped to 4-8 and 1-3 in the Big Sky with the loss.
The two teams split doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles with the Thunderbirds' tandem of Alex Ivanova and Nastya Vasileva taking the top flight 8-6 and Montana State taking the second flight 8-5. The point was decided at No. 3 doubles where Southern Utah suffered the 8-4 loss.
SUU came back in singles and posted straight-set victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Ivanova led the way at No. 1, dropping only one game in her 6-0, 6-1 win over Montana State's Iva Parapunova.
Veronika Rogova dispatched MSU's Laura Middel at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-2 and Jane Marushko beat the Bobcats' Paulina Lopez at No. 3 singles, 6-4 and 7-6 (7-3). Vasileva sealed the victory for the Thunderbirds with her three set victory at No. 4 singles, fighting back after losing the first set 6-4 to take the win 6-0, 6-2 over the final two sets.
Southern Utah will be back on the courts on Tues. March 25 when the Thunderbirds host Seattle University at the Bally's Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev.
Tennis Match Results
Montana State vs Southern Utah University
Mar 22, 2014 at Cedar City, Utah
Southern Utah University 4, Montana State 3
1. IVANOVA, Alex (SUU) def. PARAPUNOVA, Iva (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. ROGOVA, Veronika (SUU) def. MIDDEL, Laura (MSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. MARUSHKO, Jane (SUU) def. LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
4. VASILEVA, Nastia (SUU) def. CRUM, Ellie (MSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
5. TSAN, Wena (MSU) def. SKARAS, Madeline (SUU) 6-3, 6-3
6. CRUM, Molly (MSU) def. LUNDIN, Sarah (SUU) 6-3, 6-1
1. IVANOVA, Alex/VASILEVA, Nastia (SUU) def. PARAPUNOVA, Iva/LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 8-6
2. MIDDEL, Laura/CRUM, Ellie (MSU) def. ROGOVA, Veronika/MARUSHKO, Jane (SUU) 8-5
3. TSAN, Wena/CRUM, Molly (MSU) def. SKARAS, Madeline/LUNDIN, Sarah (SUU) 8-4
Montana State 4-8 (1-3)
Southern Utah University 5-7 (2-4)