Murray State women’s tennis went on the road to begin Ohio Valley Conference competition against Tennessee State on Friday afternoon. The Racers earned a clean sweep, defeating the Tigers 7-0 at Hadley Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
In doubles, the duo of Stasya Sharapova and Anja Loncarevic gave the Racers a spark with 6-3 victory, while Claire Chang and Jeanne Masson also defeated their opponents in No. 2 doubles with a 6-4 result. In the final doubles match, Amina Hadzic and Sara Loncarevic teamed up to complete the sweep with a 6-3 victory as the Racers secured the doubles point on the afternoon.
Similar singles results were in the cards for the Racers, as MSU won every match in straight sets. Claire Chang (6-2, 7-5), Stasya Sharapova (6-4, 7-5), and Amina Hadzic (6-0, 6-1) opened with three dominating victories to lead the Racers over the Tigers in singles action.
“I was very pleased with everyone’s performance, but especially with Amina, Stasya and Claire,” said MSU head coach Jorge Caetano. “Amina dominated her opponent, who is a good player, and didn’t give her a chance. Stasya was behind in the second set, but managed to get back and play very consistent when it mattered the most to get the win. Claire played a very good opponent, who didn’t give her any free points, and I am happy with how she managed to find different ways of winning the points.”
As the Racers went on to blank the Tigers, Aarja Chakraborty (6-1, 6-3), Sara Loncarevic (6-2, 6-0), and Jeanne Masson (6-1, 6-3) cruised to wins of their own as the Racers turned in an impressive opening day of Ohio Valley Conference play.
“It was a good team win today to start OVC. We played consistent doubles from start to finish, and I am also very pleased with the way we started singles – jumping in front from the beginning,” concluded Caetano.
The Racers return to action on Sunday as they take on the Belmont Bruins in part two of their three-match road trip to begin conference play in 2019.