Utah State women’s tennis (1-0) continues its dual-match season as the Aggies take on Idaho State (0-0) at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club on Friday at 9:45 a.m.
“It will be great to play another home match against an always competing Idaho State program,” head coach Sean McInerney said. “We have had some great battles with them over the years, and we are looking forward to another one this Friday.”
The Aggies began the season with a 6-1 victory over Southern Utah (0-3) on Saturday. Sophomore Sophia Haleas and redshirt freshman Alexandra Taylor opened the match with a 6-1 win at the No. 3 doubles spot followed by a 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot from senior Maggie O’Meara and junior Jenna Kane to clinch the doubles point. Senior Sabrina Demerath and freshman Sasha Pisareva won, 6-4, at the top doubles position.
In singles play, Pisareva had a perfect match at the No. 1 spot, winning 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Hannah Jones won, 6-0, 6-4, at the No. 4 spot, and sophomore Rhoda Tanui clinched the win for the Aggies at the No. 4 spot, with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Sophomore Lucy Octave lost at the No. 2 spot, 6-2, 2-6, 2-6; O’Meara won at the No. 5 spot, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-2; and Demerath won at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 6-3.
Friday’s match marks the dual-match season opener for the Bengals. Utah State leads Idaho State, which is USU’s longest-standing opponent, 32-28, including winning the last 24 matchups and 15 in a row at home. ISU participated in four tournaments during the fall, including three where the Aggies also competed in the Idaho State Invite, ITA Regionals and the Barb Chandler Classic. In the fall, Utah State led Idaho State, 7-2 in singles and 3-2 in doubles.
Last season, ISU finished with an 11-11 record. In singles, the Bengals were led by freshman Louise-Mare Botes who finished 16-3, while freshman Huibre-Mare Botes went 15-4 and freshman Megan Poe went 10-11. In doubles, Poe was 11-11 and freshman Hristina Cvetkovic was 10-9.
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.