Utah State women’s tennis (0-0) is set to being its dual match season on Saturday, as the Aggies host Southern Utah (0-2) at 10 a.m., at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
“We are excited to get the season started against a much improved SUU program,” head coach Sean McInerney said. “The team has been working really hard and is eager to begin the spring season.”
USU competed in five events during the fall and was led by sophomore Sophia Haleas, who went 9-3 in singles. Freshman Sasha Pisareva finished 6-2 in singles, senior Sabrina Demerath had a 6-3 record, senior Maggie O’Meara was 6-4 and junior Jenna Kane went 5-3. Haleas also led the way in doubles, going 8-3. O’Meara went 7-2 in doubles and redshirt freshman Alexandra Taylor was 6-4.
Utah State returns six letterwinners from last year’s 13-11 season, including a 2-3 record in the Mountain West, in Demerath, O’Meara, Kane, Haleas and sophomores Hannah Jones and Lucy Octave. Demerath earned all-Mountain West doubles honors last season with former Aggie Nini Guensler. Also last season, Jones was named MW Player of the Week in February. Jones set the school record for single-season singles wins with 29 and tied for No. 1 in single-season combined singles and doubles wins with 48.
The Aggies and T-Birds have faced off 16 times in program history, with USU leading the way at 14-2, including winning the last 10 matchups. SUU is led by freshman Alexandra Ngo, who is 2-0 on the year at the No. 6 singles spot. Junior Ghita Nassik and freshman Eira Tobrand are 1-1 in singles at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Ngo and senior Mikala Lowrance lead the team with a 1-1 record at the No. 2 doubles position.
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.