Murray State women’s tennis welcomed Southeast Missouri State to the Bennie Purcell Tennis Courts in Murray, Kentucky on Saturday. The Racers, who took on the Redhawks in their second conference match of the weekend, improved to 4-1 against OVC competition in 2019 after a 4-3 victory over SEMO on the afternoon.

While the Racers fell short in doubles overall, the duo of Sara Loncarevic and Amina Hadzictriumphed with a 6-1 performance in their match to begin the day.

“In doubles, Sara and Amina played a great match, but the other two teams struggled with some of their shot selections in key moments,” said MSU head coach Jorge Caetano.” All three teams have been doing a great job in doubles the whole year, but losing the doubles point the last three matches is a wake-up call for us – we will work very hard on it this week.”

In singles, Claire Chang (6-4, 6-1), Amina Hadzic (6-4, 6-4), Aarja Chakraborty (6-4, 6-1), and Sara Loncarevic (6-4, 6-3) prevailed in their respective singles matches to propel the Racers to another crucial conference victory.

“I was very pleased with singles and the energy we showed out there today. SEMO is a very good team, and their girls never give up. I am very happy with the way we were able to close out the match today,” added Caetano.

“Claire played a great match for us again, playing some of her best tennis in the big moments. This is exactly the kind player we know she is. Amina was down 4-3 on both sets and played extremely well under pressure today. Her experience was evident because, even though she was down, she kept her composure and took over the match during the key moments,” explained Caetano.

“Aarja had to make some adjustments during her match when her opponent started to play some great tennis, and I am very proud of the way she was able to stay calm and handle the situation. Sara also played an opponent who would play some incredible points, and her consistency was key for us today. I also want to give her a lot of credit for being bold and believing in her shots when things got tight in the end of her match,” concluded Caetano.

The Racers (10-7, 4-1) will play twice on the road next weekend, beginning with a match against SIUE in Edwardsville, Illinois on Friday afternoon.

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