Tennis: Mustangs drop 2 matches in Georgia

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Mustangs drop close decision to #14 Lady Blazers, 6-3

No. 14 Valdosta State pulled out a pair of three-set wins on courts one and four to prevail against a feisty Midwestern State squad in a 6-3 win Wednesday afternoon at the VSU Tennis Courts.

Sophomore Greta Lazzarotto earned a 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 decision at No. 5 singles to bring the 21st-ranked Mustangs to within 4-3 in the match. Valdosta State (6-5) then posted a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 victory at the top position with the 17th-ranked Bea Morales Hernandez defeating junior Daria Panferova to clinch the match for the Lady Blazers.

Sabrina Schmidt closed out the match for VSU at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over sophomore Maddy Coffman for a 6-3 final.

Sophomore Eirini Kontaki began singles play for the Mustangs with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 victory over Laura Ubeda at No. 3 to even the match for Midwestern State (5-2) at 2-2.

The Lady Blazers opened up by taking two of three doubles matches with wins at No. 1 and 3. The duo of Coffman and freshman Bianca Duff continued their undefeated run with an 8-3 thumping of Anja Coksa and Daniela Barta on court two to improve to 7-0 on the season.

The Mustangs return to action tomorrow for a neutral matchup against NJCAA Abraham Baldwin (Ga.) at the VSU Tennis Courts. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m. (CST).

Men swept by #5 Blazers, 9-0

No. 5 Valdosta State (Ga.) carried its momentum following a huge win over 3rd-ranked Armstrong State (Ga.) to post a 9-0 sweep against No. 15 Midwestern State Wednesday at the VSU Tennis Courts.

Valdosta State (6-4) earned a doubles sweep despite a pair of tight matches on courts one and three. At No. 1 doubles, Eden Peleg and Axel Holm took down senior Ramon Toyos and sophomore Dylan Hall, 8-6, while Jordi Mas and Fernando Rivas earned an 8-5 victory over sophomore Dillon Pineda and freshman Angel Palacios at No. 3.

With three nationally-ranked singles players in the lineup, the Blazers recorded four straight-set singles wins over Midwestern State (4-4) en route to the sweep.

Palacios battled No. 33 Xavier Pineda to three sets on court two before falling 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, while Pineda dropped his match in a super tiebreaker to Valentin Mounoto at No. 6 singles, 1-6, 7-5, 10-4.

No. 3 Leo Blay posted a tight 6-3, 7-5 win over 5th-ranked Toyos at the top position while No. 20 Rivas prevailed over Hall on court four, 7-5, 7-5, to clinch the win for the Blazers.

The Mustangs face NJCAA Abraham Baldwin (Ga.) in a neutral site match tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CST) at the VSU Tennis Courts.

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