The Murray State women’s tennis team picked up their first win of the year, as they defeated Saint Louis 5-2. Murray State moves to 1-1 overall while Saint Louis drops to 0-5.
With the win, the Racers secured their first ever home victory over the Billikens and move to 1-2 as the home team. Overall in the series, Murray State now leads 11-4.
“I am very happy with the way we played today and the confidence the team showed from the very first point until the end of the match. We still had some ups and downs during the matches which is normal this early in the season but the great thing is that we made a lot of improvements,” said head coach Jorge Caetano on the overall performance.
Coming off a 7-0 loss to Middle Tennessee, the Racers were all over the Billikens in both doubles and singles play, including dominant performances from Claire Chang and Sara Bjork.
“Claire and Sarah played very solid tennis from start to finish, and it was great to see them dominating their opponents to give us two quick points on the scoreboard.”
Anja Loncarevic was yet another Racer who made quick work of her opponent, winning 6-1 and 6-2.
“It was so good to see Anja back in the singles line-up after nine-months since her last match. I was very pleased with the way she handled herself, and with the way she competed. The win was a big bonus because our main goal was to see if she could handle a full match, which she did.”
Aarja Chakraborty had to fight her way to a victory, as she won the first set 7-5 before closing it out in a contested 6-4 second set.
“Aarja was a true fighter today, she had a very close match and I loved the way she played the big moments. I was very impressed with the way she clinched the match in a very tough moment where St. Louis was making a comeback in all the other courts.”
Stasya Sharapova and Sara Loncarvic continued the common trend of winning quick matches, with a 6-2 victory. Sarah Bjork and Jeanne Masson also saw a quick 6-2 victory in doubles play.
Murray State takes a road trip to the Buckeye State, as they travel to Dayton, Ohio., to face Wright State next on February 17.
by Hunter Julius