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Lady Eagles defeat Trailblazers to stay perfect in conference play


ANNETTE TRAN, a freshman from Austin, Texas, won both her doubles match and her singles match against Ohio Christian University. She teamed with Erin Byassee and won at No. 2 doubles and followed that up with a straight set victory at No. 2 singles as part of the 6-0 victory.

The Midway University women’s tennis team stayed perfect in River States Conference play on Saturday, March 24, when they cruised to a 6-0 victory over Ohio Christian University in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The Eagles got off to a quick start by sweeping all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead into singles play. Midway then went on to win three of the six singles matches to clinch the 6-0 victory. Midway improves to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in conference play following the win.

Midway got off to a 1-0 start after senior, Gabby Meis teamed with freshman, Amber Pierce to win at No.1 doubles. Meis and Pierce won 8-3 over Drayah Johnson and Kaylee Dickson.

The lead swelled to 2-0 after a win by the duo of sophomore Madison Chambers and freshman Raquel Tyo won at No.3 doubles. Chambers and Tyo picked up an 8-4 win over Chelsi Mason and Lauren Copeland.

The freshman duo of Annette Tran and Erin Byassee made it a clean sweep of doubles play following an 8-4 victory over Jerika Smith and Athina Peterson at No.2 doubles.

With a 3-0 lead, the Eagles would need to win just two singles matches to clinch the match. Freshman, Jilian Verbrugghe stretched the lead to 4-0 after winning in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) over Kassidie Martin at No. 6 singles.

Just a few minutes later, Amber Pierce clinched the match with a straight set victory at No.5 singles. Pierce won 6-1 and 6-0 over Chelsi Mason.

Just as the match was clinched, play was wrapping up at No.2 singles. Annette Tran won 6-1 and 6-0 over Jerika Smith to make the final score 6-0.

With the match in hand, the final three singles matches remained unfinished. Erin Byassee was up a set at No.3 singles, while Madison Chambers was also up a set at No.4 singles. The match between Gabby Meis and Drayah Johnson never got underway at No.1 singles.

Following a trip to St. Louis, Mo. to take on Saint Louis College of Pharmacy on March 31, the Eagles will return home on Monday, April 2, when they host the University of the Cumberlands at the Thomas R. Post Tennis Center.

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