The Murray State Racers won their 10th straight game Tuesday, as they defeated rival Austin Peay 5-2 as part of the Battle of the Border in Clarksville, Tenn.
With the win, Murray State advances to 14-6 overall and 8-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Austin Peay drops to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in the OVC. The Racers also clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming OVC tournament.
This marks just the sixth time in program history that a double-digit winning streak has been recorded. The most recent happened in 2007 when the Racers won 13 straight.
“Today was another battle against Austin Peay, and we went into the match knowing that it wasn’t going to be any different. Ross Brown does a great job there, and they are one of the toughest teams to play on the road, so I’m very proud of all of our girls for getting this big win,” said Jorge Caetano after the match.
Keeping the trend alive, Murray State took the first point with a 2-0 win in doubles play. Claire Chang and Jeanne Masson won 6-3 while Amina Hadzic and Anja Loncarevic won 6-1.
“Doubles looked great again today. Anja and Amina looked great again and were able to give us a quick win at doubles two and I am very proud of how Jeanne and Claire came back from 3-1 down to win 6-3.”
After Austin Peay would tie the game at one with a win in the third singles match, Anja and Sara Loncarevic put together back-to-back wins to give the Racers a 3-1 edge.
Anja won in two sets, 6-4 and 6-0 for her seventh win of the year and fourth in the OVC.
Sarah won in two sets, 6-1 and 6-3 for her fourth straight win and 12th of the year.
Hadzic came through to clinch the win for the Racers in a three-set rally. Although dropping the first set 3-6, she came back and powered through to win 6-3 and 6-2 in the next two sets. With the win, Hadzic extends her winning streak out to 15 straight.
Stasya Sharapova secured the fifth point of the afternoon for the Racers. After losing the first set 1-6, Sharapova went on to win the second set 7-6 and third set 6-3. Sharapova picked up her 12th win of the year and fourth in the OVC.
“Singles looked very good from top to bottom. I was very happy with Sara and Anja and the way they dominated their opponents to secure two points for us. Aarja put up a great fight and had a tough match with her opponent. Amina and Stasya showed a lot of toughness to come back and win after losing the first set. I am super proud of Claire for playing a great match and being only a couple of points away from beating the two-time OVC player of the year,” said Caetano.
“Now it is time for us to recover and get ready for another big challenge at EKU. We can’t wait for the match.”
The Racers travel to take on Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Ky., to conclude the regular season on Saturday, April 14.
by Hunter Julius
Murray State Media Relations
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