BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s tennis (7-4) continued its surge with a fourth straight win defeating Radford, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Appalachian’s win streak is the longest since the 2015 season when it won four straight while it’s the longest overall since the 2013 campaign when the Mountaineers won five in a row. Also, the 7-4 mark is the best 11-match start since the same 2013 season in which the Black and Gold started 9-2.
App State showcased a stellar performance in doubles play against a Highlanders (4-4) squad that was 32-19 (.627) coming into the match. Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken, Norrköping) and Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) gave the Apps the early edge over Natalie Sayer and Tyler Blalock with a 6-4 triumph for their third win as a tandem. In the clinching match to hand App a 1-0 lead, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) registered their most impressive victory of the season over Drousile Dzeubou and Lotti Meszaros, 6-2. The duo gave RU’s No. 1 pairing its first loss of the season after bringing a 7-0 record to the contest, while it snaps their 10-match win streak dating back to the fall season. Swope and Zacarias are now 7-2 on the year and have won seven consecutive matches since starting 0-2.
Ending doubles play was Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Domom Ucenika Futog), who dealt Zoe Fraser and Jeanie Acierto a 6-3 defeat to improve to 9-2 with a five-match win streak. After Friday, the Mountaineers are now a stellar 20-8 (.714) in doubles action.
Sevo kicked singles action off with a convincing, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Sayer as the No. 2 in the lineup for win No. 7 on top of four straight victories. Appalachian then took a 3-0 advantage when Zacarias netted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dzeubou as the No. 1. Along with Sevo, Zacarias continues her solid start to her collegiate career with five victories in a row and a 7-3 showing in 10 matches.
Just like the doubles win, Swope dominated right from the start to seal the win for the Mountaineers, downing Blalock in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, for her third win of the year and back-to-back victories. Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) suffered a three-set defeat to Meszaros in a valiant effort. Bygrave won the first set 6-4, but suffered a 7-6 (8-6) decision and a 6-2 loss in the next two frames.
The final two matches belonged to App as Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) kept up her torrid pace with a hard-earned 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 toppling of Acierto as the No. 5 in the book to run her record to 5-2. Machado came back from a one-set deficit, 2-6, to win the ensuing frame, 7-5, to force a 10-point tiebreaker. Machado and Fraser went back-and-forth before the junior broke through to win by three points, 10-7. Morse has won four consecutive matches while Machado has won three contests in a row.
The singles play for App over the win streak has been impressive boasting a 21-3 (.875). Before the win streak, the Apps were just 13-24 in singles competition.
Appalachian will look to continue the streak on Monday when it faces Savannah State at 2 p.m. on the road.