Utah State women's tennis (2-0) won, 4-3, against Idaho State (0-1) on Friday morning at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
"Idaho State came in and played very well against us," head coach Sean McInerney said. "We're still getting some people playing up to a level that we need them to play at, but I was happy with how we found a way to win. A win is a win in college. So, we'll take that and we're excited to get on a flight now, head to Arizona and go from there. All credit to Idaho State. They came in here and played really hard. We're lucky to get out of here with a win."
In doubles, senior Sabrina Demerath and freshman Sasha Pisareva were the first to finish with a 6-4 victory over sophomores Huibre-Mare Botes and Louise-Mare Botes at the No. 1 spot. Junior Jenna Kane and sophomore Sophia Haleas finished next at the No. 3 spot, losing 7-5 to sophomores Melissa Coburn and Madison Fenske. At the No. 2 spot, senior Maggie O'Meara and sophomore Hannah Jones went into a tiebreaker with sophomores Hristina Cvetkovic and Megan Poe, losing 7-6 (7-5).
After dropping the first game, Pisareva won the first set, 6-1, and the second, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot in singles play against Huibre-Mare Botes. Demerath also dropped just one game in her first set against Coburn, winning 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot. Jones won her first set, 7-6 (7-3), and her second, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot against Cvetkovic to bring the Aggies within one point of the team victory. The No. 2 spot marks the highest position Jones has competed and won at so far in her career. Haleas clinched it at the No. 5 spot against Poe with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
The teams played out the remaining matches, and sophomore Rhoda Tanui won her first set, 6-3, at the No. 3 spot against Louise-Mare Botes, but she lost the next two, 6-7 (3-7), 1-6. Redshirt freshman Alexandra Taylor lost, 4-6, 2-6, to Fenske at the No. 6 spot.
Utah State now travels to Tucson, Arizona, to face Arizona on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The meeting marks the start of a nine-match road stretch for the Aggies.
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.