Feb. 1, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Strong play from the top three singles positions propelled Middle Tennessee to a 5-2 win against the UAB women’s tennis team Saturday at the Samford Tennis Courts.
The Blazers fall to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in Conference USA action, while Middle Tennessee improves to 2-1, 1-0 in league play.
“Today we had an opportunity to see where we are level wise in this conference,” head coach Mark Tjia said. “We now have a good idea of what we need to work on to get where we want to be by the time the conference tournament rolls around. All the credit goes to Middle Tennessee – they played very aggressive tennis and deserved the victory.”
The Blue Raiders were strong at the top three singles courts, picking up straight wins over UAB’s Rachel Daniell (Court No. 1), Amy Lowhter (Court No. 2) and Catherine Ragon (Court No. 3).
At the fourth spot, Blazer newcomer Pardis Kianoush defeated Flavia Nagayama (MT) 6-3, 1-6, 10-3 to pick up a UAB win.
Meanwhile, at the sixth position, fellow newcomer Paula Castro ousted Middle Tennessee’s Sarah Sediri, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 to give the Blazers their second win of the day.
In doubles, the Blue Raiders took wins at the second and third spots to claim the point en route to a 5-2 victory.
UAB now travels to Mississippi State for an 11 a.m. CT first serve on Saturday, Feb. 8.
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Tennis Match Results
Middle Tennessee vs UAB
Feb. 1, 2014 at Birmingham, Ala.
(Samford Tennis Courts)
Middle Tennessee 5, UAB 2
1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Rachel Daniell (UAB) 7-5, 6-0
2. Jesse Grace (MT) def. Amy Lowther (UAB) 6-2, 6-1
3. Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Catherine Ragon (UAB) 6-2, 6-3
4. Pardis Kianoush (UAB) def. Flavia Nagayama (MT) 6-3, 1-6, 10-3
5. Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Elaine Simon (UAB) 6-2, 6-1
6. Paula Castro (UAB) def. Sarah Sediri (MT) 7-5, 3-6, 10-7
1. Rachel Daniell/Elaine Simon (UAB) def. Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (MT) 7-6 (6-0)
2. Nayara Moraes/Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Catherine Ragon/Amy Lowther (UAB) 6-3
3. Sarah Sediri/Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Pardis Kianoush/Paula Castro (UAB) 6-2
Middle Tennessee 2-1