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Thunderbirds Fall in Las Vegas

March 18, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Southern Utah University women’s tennis team fell to Bradley University on Wednesday at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas 5-2 in a nonconference matchup.

In the doubles competition, the Thunderbirds had the most success in the No. 3 position. The team of sophomore Charity Sagiao and freshman Cloe Stocking played hard, narrowly losing the match to Bradley’s Alexa Brandt and Malini Wijesinghe 7-6 (11). Bradley University took the other two matches to sweep the doubles competition and earn the first point.

The Thunderbirds took two victories in the singles competition. The first was from Sagiao in an intense match in the No. 5 position over Bradley’s Aimee Manfredo 7-5, 6-4. Sagiao’s individual record improves to 6-7 after Wednesday’s match.

The T-Birds’ final point came in the No. 6 position from junior Laura Martin, topping Wijesinghe 7-5, 6-1. Martin’s individual record moves to 2-4 in the No. 6 position.

“It was such a close match with two matches going into three sets and we just fell short,” SUU head coach Rose Ketmayura said. “ We’re competing hard and we’re right there. We need to find a way to push over this hump and win those close matches.”

Up Next

Following Wednesday’s match, the Thunderbirds traveled to California to play UC Riverside.

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Singles competition

1. Dechter, Ariel (BRAD) def. Marushko, Evgenia (SUU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3

2. de Lasa, Alejandra (BRAD) def. Lowrance, Mikala (SUU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

3. Brandt, Alexa (BRAD) def. Schmidt, Teresa (SUU) 6-0, 6-1

4. Manfredo, Aimee (BRAD) def. Stockling, Cloe (SUU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

5. Sagiao, Charity (SUU) def. Wijesinghe, Malini (BRAD) 7-5, 7-5

6. Lozano, Laura (SUU) def. Martin, Julie (BRAD) 7-5, 6-1

 

Doubles competition

1. Barbery, Natalia/Thai, Ashley (BRAD) def. Lozano, Laura/Marushko, Evgenia (SUU) 6-3

2. Dechter, Ariel/Manfredo, Aimee (BRAD) def. Lowrance, Mikala/Schmidt, Teresa (SUU) 6-0

3. Brandt, Alexa/Wijesinghe, Malini (BRAD) def. Sagiao, Charity/Stockling, Cloe (SUU) 7-6 (11-9)

 

Match Notes

Southern Utah 1-12

Bradley 8-6