March 8, 2015
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SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri State women's tennis team begins a busy week as the Bears play host to the IPFW Mastodons at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at the Cooper Tennis Complex.
Following the home dual, MSU will have a day off to travel before three consecutive days of matches in Texas against Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Pan American.
The Bears split two matches in Omaha, Neb., narrowly falling to Creighton and defeating Nebraska Omaha.
Missouri State and Creighton split in singles, but the Blue Jays' opening team point in doubles proved to be the difference in a 4-3 defeat over the Bears in women's tennis at the Hanscom Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 27. Mackenzie Rozell, Anelisse Torrico Moreno and Miranda Poile each earned singles victories for MSU, but the Blue Jays earned the initial doubles point for the dual victory.
Four Missouri State players won singles matches in straight sets to pave the way for a 5-0 Bears victory over Nebraska Omaha on Sunday, Feb. 28, in college women's tennis at the Miracle Hill Golf and Tennis Center.
MSU's Ema Turudija, Ekaterina Donetskova, Rozell and Torrico Moreno all won in straight sets at their respective singles slots, while Poile and Abbey Belote each were leading by a set when their matches were left unfinished.
The Fort Wayne Mastodons are 11-5 overall this season, including a 9-3 clip at home. The Mastodons recently beat The Valley's Bradley Braves 5-2 Saturday after falling to No. 38 DePaul on March 1. Four different IPFW players have winning records this spring. Mayu Sato leads the Mastodons with a 12-4 record at No. 1 singles, while Sara Sherif has a 9-4 record that spans from No. 4-6 singles. Three IPFW doubles duos have winning records.
Monday's matchup will be the first between MSU and IPFW in women's tennis. The Mastodons are the Bears' third opponent from The Summit League, with MSU beating South Dakota State and Nebraska Omaha previously.
Rozell on a Roll
Sophomore Mackenzie Rozell began the spring dual season 1-4 in singles, but has went 3-1 since moving to the No. 3 singles slot. Currently on a three-match winning streak, Rozell made quick work of her last two opponents, winning in straight sets in duals at Creighton and Nebraska Omaha. Her first win at No. 2 singles highlighted a Bears win at home against South Dakota State, with her three-set effort serving as the eventual-dual winner over the Jackrabbits.
When the top Flights are Going
The Bears are 3-0 this season when their No. 1 and No. 2 singles players both achieve victories in a dual. Ema Turudija has played each match at No. 1 singles for MSU and holds a 3-6 record, while Mackenie Rozell and Ekaterina Donetskova have split time at No. 2, with Donetskova going 2-2 at the position over the last four matches.
Torrico Moreno Still Streaking
Freshman Anelisse Torrico Moreno continues to play a major role for the Bears since arriving to MSU at the start of the spring semester. After dropping her first two matches of her career, Torrico Moreno has won seven straight matchups, including her three most recent wins coming a slot higher than usual at No. 4 singles. The native of Bolivia joined the Bears in January and made her first six singles appearances at No. 5 singles. All but two of her wins have come in straight sets, with one serving as a third-set match tiebreaker.
How the Matches Will be Scored
No-ad scoring will be used in both singles and doubles and three doubles matches will be played to begin the dual. Each match is one set to six, with a tie-break at six-all. The first team to earn two doubles wins earns one team point. Doubles play will be followed by six singles matches (best two of three sets - tie-breaks at six-all). Each singles match is worth one team point.
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