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Midway women’s tennis dominates Carlow in conference opener

GABBY MEIS, a senior from Panama City, Panama, won her doubles and singles matches in Midway’s 8-1 home victory over Carlow University on Saturday, March 10. (Midway Athletics photo)

Following the release of the River States Conference women’s tennis preseason coaches’ poll on Friday, the Midway University women’s tennis team was out to defend their No. 4 ranking in the polls when they hosted Carlow (Pa.) on Saturday, March 10.

The Eagles did just that as they swept all three doubles matches and followed that up by winning five of six singles en route to the dominating 8-1 victory to open league play. With the win, Midway moves to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play.Midway opened the match with a win at No. 1 doubles. Gabby Meis teamed with Amber Piece as they picked up an 8-2 win over Emily Armstrong and Catherine Armstrong.

Just a few minutes later, play wrapped up at No. 3 doubles. Madison Chambers and Jilian Verbrugghe made quick work of MaryKathryn Hankewycz and Carmen Kubasky by a final score of 8-2.The Eagles made it a clean sweep of doubles play after Annette Tran and Erin Byassee defeated Melanie Long and Juliana Mamajek at No. 2 doubles, 8-5.By virtue of winning all three doubles matches, Midway would need to win just two of the six singles matches. The home team did just that after they won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2.At No. 1, Meis won 6-3 and 6-0 over Emily Armstrong, while Tran defeated Catherine Armstrong by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.Even with the match in hand, Midway continued to dominate as they won in straight sets once again at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Pierce won 6-1 and 6-1 at No. 3 and Byassee dominated the first set 6-0 and held on to win the second set 6-3 at No. 5 singles.Before Carlow (0-2, 0-2 RSC) won their only match at No. 4 singles, Jilian Verbrugghe won in a super tiebreaker at No. 6 singles. Juliana Mamajek won the first set 6-4, but Verbrugghe won the second set 6-3 to force a tiebreaker. The freshman won the tiebreak 10-8 to seal the 8-1 victory.

Midway will take the next few days to rest as they return to action on Friday, March 16, when they host Shawnee State (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Thomas R. Post Tennis Center.

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