Utah State women's tennis (1-0) opened its dual match season with a 6-1 victory over Southern Utah (0-3) on Saturday at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
"For the first match of the year, we came out and were pretty aggressive and dictated most points," head coach Sean McInerney said. "We had ups and downs that we expect to have. But a lot of players found a way to stay consistent on what we've been working on. We got a little bit better today, so that was really cool."
Redshirt freshman Alexandra Taylor and sophomore Sophia Haleas dropped just one doubles game at the No. 3 spot to earn the first win, 6-1, against Teresa de Enrique Schmidt and Laura Martin Lozano. Senior Maggie O'Meara and junior Jenna Kane clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory at the No. 2 doubles spot against Mikala Lowrance and Alexandra Ngo. After being down 3-1 against Ghita Nassik and Daniela Cozzi, freshman Sasha Pisareva and senior Sabrina Demerath came back at the No. 1 doubles spot to win it, 6-4.
Pisareva opened singles play with a perfect match, winning both sets, 6-0, at the No.1 spot against Nassik. Sophomore Hannah Jones also never dropped a game in her first set at the No. 4 spot against Mikala Lowrance. Jones went on to win the second set, 6-4. After being tied up at three in the first set with Cozzi, sophomore Rhoda Tanui broke ahead and won it, 6-3, at the No. 3 spot. Tanui clinched the Utah State victory with a 6-3 win in the second set.
Sophomore Lucy Octave also won her first singles set, dropping just two games to win, 6-2, against Eira Tobrand at the No. 2 spot. Tobrand, however, came back to win the next two sets, 6-2, 6-2. Senior O'Meara lost the first set, 0-6, to Charity Sagiao at the No. 5 spot. After being down 4-1 in the second set, O'Meara came back to force a decisive third set by winning the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5). The duo played a 10-point tiebreaker in the third set with O'Meara winning 10-2. Senior Demerath rounded out the scores with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the No. 6 spot against Ngo.
Utah State returns to the courts on Friday, Jan. 26, as the Aggies take on Idaho State at 9:45 a.m., at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club. The Aggies then travel to Tucson, Arizona, to face Arizona on Sunday.
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.