SAVANNAH, Ga. – Appalachian State University women’s tennis (8-4) cruised past Savannah State (0-6) on Monday afternoon in a 6-1 triumph.
Appalachian went 2-1 in doubles play for the 1-0 lead, and five of six singles matches to improve to 26-4 over the past five matches to seal its fifth win in a row.
Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrkoping Ostergotland, Sweden/Laroverken Norrkoping) captured moved to 4-4 as a duo this season when they dealt Sofia Shut’ko and Rachida El Kateb a convincing 6-0 defeat. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) clinched the doubles portion for the Black and Gold with a 6-3 victory over Shakendra Alston and Ekaterina Vorobeva for their first win as a pairing. Heidi Swope and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) fell in a tight outing that went to a tiebreak against Muskaan Ranjan and Sansriti Ranjan, 7-6 (7-5).
Melissa Machado matched last season’s win total and gave App a 2-0 edge with a straight-set 6-0, 6-2 win over Alston. Morse continued her solid day when she pushed Appalachian to the 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 downing over Sansriti for her fifth straight triumph. Bygrave earned the clinching win for App when she toppled Vorobeva in consecutive frames, 6-3, 6-3 to run her singles mark to 7-4. With App State already having the match in hand, Zacarias kept up the momentum for the Black and Gold with her impressive sixth straight win as the No. 1 over Shut’ko, 6-3, 6-3.
Gaskins gave the Mountaineers a 6-0 lead registering her second win of the season over El Kateb in a hard-earned three-set victory. Gaskins fought back from a one-set deficit, 3-6, before claiming the second frame, 6-4, and eventually downed her counterpart in a 10-point tiebreak by only two points, 1-0 (11-9). Swope took her matches to three sets where she fell to Muskaan. The junior also came back after falling in the first set, 2-6, followed by her 6-4 second-set win but then fell in the tiebreak, 1-0 (10-6).
Appalachian will have the rest of the week off before welcoming UAB on Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m.