MSU Carries Momentum Into Duals Versus Arkansas State, SDSU

MSU Carries Momentum Into Duals Versus Arkansas State, SDSU

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March 16, 2016

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SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri State women's tennis team completes the nonconference portion of its dual schedule this weekend as the Bears take on Arkansas State and South Dakota State. The Bears first head to Jonesboro, Arkansas, to face the Red Wolves at 12 p.m. Friday, March 18, then host the Jackrabbits at Cooper Tennis Complex at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Last Weekend Overview
Missouri State topped its win total from a season ago last week with the Bears picking up their fifth win of the season at Chicago State Thursday, then won their fourth consecutive dual for their sixth overall victory at Western Illinois Saturday.

The Bears topped the Cougars 5-2 Thursday, March 10, behind wins in three doubles and four singles matches. MSU clinched the initial doubles point, then Ema Turudija, Anelisse Torrico Moreno, Miranda Poile and Faty Khamissi all won their respective singles matches.

MSU won eight matches and led in a ninth en route to a dominate 7-0 victory over Western Illinois on Sunday, March 12. Turudija, Torrico Moreno, Poile and Ekaterina Donetskova all won singles matches in straight sets, while Khamissi and Phoebe Boeschen also won their respective singles matches. The Bears won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles 6-1 and 6-0, respectively, while their No. 3 doubles team led 4-3 before the match was left unfinshed.

Seniors Cap Perfect Weekend… Again
Missouri State seniors Ema Turudija and Miranda Poile completed a second straight week going undefeated for the Bears in their victories over Chicago State and Western Illinois. Turudija and Poile earned back-to-back 6-1 victories at No.1 doubles Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Turudija led the Bears from the top spot with straight set wins over Chicago State's Lorea Gamboa and WIU's Courtney Lubbers. Poile also won in straight sets over CSU's Marnie Perez-Ochoa and WIU's Arianna Demos.

They are both on four-match winning streaks in singles and doubles play. Turudija was recognized as the MVC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week Tuesday for her efforts a week ago.

Clinching Points Early
MSU has not lost a doubles match in three straight duals, including taking and finishing five of six matches this past week in Illinois. The Bears made quick work in doubles versus Chicago State Thursday, topping the Cougars 6-1, 6-3 and 7-5 in the Nos. 1-3 slots, respectively. MSU's top two doubles teams wrapped up their matches versus Western Illinois in less than a half hour Saturday with 6-1 and 6-0 results.

Freshman Maintaining Form
While MSU's two seniors have been the most successful recently, freshman Faty Khamissi continues to lead the team with eight singles victories this spring. Her six wins over the last 10 matches are the most for any Bear on the squad. She's currently on a four-match winning streak in singles play and has also won her last two at No. 3 doubles with teammate Abbey Belote.

About Arkansas State
The Arkansas State Red Wolves are 0-9 overall this season after going 4-17 a year ago. The Red Wolves have scored team points in matches against Stephen F. Austin, Lamar, Central Arkansas and Murray State. MSU is 9-11 all-time against Arkansas State, including a 6-1 loss to the Red Wolves at Cooper Tennis Complex on Feb. 20 last season.

About South Dakota State
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are 10-5 this season and have won their last two matches heading into their next dual Friday at Oral Roberts. The Jacks are led by Iasmin Rosa and Ffion Davies, with each owning double-digit win totals this spring at primarily No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. MSU defeated SDSU 4-3 with a dual-clinching win in a third set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles last year on Feb. 21, the first and only all-time meeting between the two squads.

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