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Women’s tennis makes it two in a row

WNMU Lady Stangs tennis played a tough early season schedule before returning home this weekend for a pair of matches. It looks like the tough competition paid off as WNMU got a sweep beating New Mexico Military Institute on Friday 8-1 and then coming back against Eastern Arizona College on Saturday to gain the 5-4 win.

The weekend’s action began Friday afternoon in cold windy conditions but that didn’t seem to bother the Lady Stangs who were hosting a rare home match. The #1 doubles tandem of Ganna Tiurina and Nikolina Vukadin rolled to an 8-1 victory to start the ball rolling. Dena Irvin and Davida Aragon closed out their match quickly as well with an 8-1 win at #3 doubles. Ashley Newell and Doris Berberic were tested early but got the 8-4 win.

In singles action Tiurina rolled 6-0, 6-3; Vukadin won 6-2, 6-3 while Newell cruised to another easy win 6-0 and 6-3. Doris Berberic dominated at #4 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 victory; Aragon had a tough match but came back to get the 6-4, 6-3 win. Irvin battled injuries all day and couldn’t get the win in singles losing 0-6, 1-6.

WNMU then faced Eastern Arizona College, a nationally ranked junior college team coming off of a 5-4 victory over NMMI on Friday. It would be a much more exciting match as EAC took two of the three opening doubles matches. Aragon and Irvin garnered the only WNMU win at 8-4. Giurina and Vukadin ran into a buzz saw losing 1-8 and Newell/Berberic battled but fell 9-7.

In singles action Tiurina fell 6-1, 6-1 while Vukadin lost 6-2, 6-1 to put the Lady Stangs in an early 4-1 hole. Things looked good for EAC needing just one more point to get the victory. But unlike years past, the lower part of the order for Coach Guy Dupont answered the call. Newell won her match at #3 6-0, 7-6. Berberic continued the momentum with a 6-3, 6-4 victory and the comeback was on. Aragon moved to #4 in the rotation with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win. That left Erica Rasmussen at #6 with all the pressure. Rasmussen won the opener 6-0 but fell behind in the 2nd set 0-4 before coming back to win 6-4 with the help of a raucous home crowd. That win pulled out the 5-4 team victory for WNMU.

WNMU men and women head to California for three matches beginning with Grossmont College on Monday.

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