Utah State women's tennis began its run at the Wildcat Invitational No. 2 on Friday, as four Aggies saw victories in singles and a team won its doubles match.
In the first singles draw quarterfinals, freshman Sasha Pisareva dropped just one game in the first set against New Mexico's Hsiang-Wen "Albie" Huang, winning 6-1. Huang won the second set, 6-4, but Pisareva advanced to the semifinals after winning the third, 6-4. Sophomore Lucy Octave also won her match, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, against Arizona's Maggie Cohen. Sophomore Rhoda Tanui won her first set, 6-3, against New Mexico's Ruth Copas but lost the next two, 6-1, 6-4. Arizona's Marie Van Aelst won her match against sophomore Hannah Jones by default.
In the second singles draw quarterfinals, junior Jenna Kane had a three-set match victory over UTEP's Maria Paula Medina, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Sophomore Sophia Haleas faced New Mexico's Lauren Rich, winning 6-4 in the first set and didn't drop a game in the second to win, 6-0. Senior Sabrina Demerath lost the first set, 6-2, to New Mexico's Natasha Munday but won the second, 7-6 (4), to extend the match to three. Demerath lost the third set, 6-2. Senior Maggie O'Meara rounded out the singles results with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to UTEP's Erandi Martinez.
In doubles, Tanui and Kane had a 6-3 victory over UTEP's Martinez and Alisa Morozova. Pisareva and Demerath lost 6-4 to Copas and Huang. Haleas and O'Meara lost 6-4 to Aelst and Cohen.
Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.