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Fast start propels Midway women’s tennis to 5-4 victory over IU Kokomo

The Midway University women’s tennis team picked up their second victory in as many days on Saturday, April 14, when they hosted Indiana University Kokomo at Top Seed Tennis Club in nearby Nicholasville, Kentucky.

The Eagles got off to a quick start as they swept all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 victory into singles play. It wasn’t too long after singles play had started before Midway had already clinched the match. The home team got wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to clinch the match 5-4.

The freshman duo of Annette Tran and Erin Byassee helped get the Eagles off to a fast start. Tran and Byassee picked up an 8-1 win over Kelsey Kohlmorgen and Katie Hurt at No. 2 doubles to give their team the early 1-0 lead.

The duo of sophomore, Madison Chambers and freshman, Jilian Verbrugghe kept the fast start going with a win at No. 3 doubles. The two defeated Brianne Abrahamson and Makenzie Quinn by a final score of 8-3.

Midway made it a clean sweep of the three doubles matches after the duo of senior, Gabby Meis and freshman, Amber Pierce won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles over the IU Kokomo duo of Adrianna Ward and Anna Boyer.

After winning all three doubles matches, the Eagles would need to win just two singles matches in order to clinch the match. Joe Reyes’ squad did just that as they got singles play started with back-to-back wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

First at No. 1 singles, Annette Tran won the first set 6-2 before winning the second set, 6-3, over Adrianna Ward to push the lead to 4-0.

Then at No. 2 singles, Gabby Meis clinched the match for the Eagles. The senior was able to secure a 6-4 first set victory before dominating the second set, 6-0, en route to the straight sets victory to clinch the match for the Eagles.

The Cougars went on to win the final four singles matches to make the deficit closer, but the result was never in doubt as Midway held on for the 5-4 victory.

With the win, Midway is 11-8 overall and 4-2 in River States Conference play. They will return to action on Saturday, April 21, when they host Brescia University at the Thomas R. Post Tennis Center.

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