ASU women's tennis picks up shutout, men drop two matches

The women's team remained perfect at home by winning against New Mexico State, and the men's team dropped its matches to UCLA and USC

ASU women's tennis picked up a shutout win against New Mexico, while men's tennis dropped both of its games this past week.

Women

ASU women's tennis shut out New Mexico State 7-0 Wednesday in Tempe, maintaining its perfect home record.

The Sun Devils secured the doubles point with consecutive wins. Redshirt senior Sammi Hampton and freshman Marianna Argyrokastriti shut out sophomore Chloe Gavino and freshman Bella Nguyen 6-0. Senior Tereza Kolarova and junior Domenika Turkovic followed the first win by defeating redshirt junior Miranda Bishard and freshman Lucija Josipovic 6-2.

ASU went up 2-0 after New Mexico State forfeited the singles match between senior Sasa Klanecek and Josipovic. 

Junior Cali Jankowski won her singles match in a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Nguyen. Hampton also won her match against Gavino 6-0, 6-2, securing the win for the Sun Devils. However, the two teams continued the rest of their matches. 

Senior Lauryn John-Baptiste defeated Bishard 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets, and Turkovic won her match 6-2, 6-2 over junior Gavi Kalaga

In the last match of the day, senior Ilze Hattingh defeated junior Harsha Challa 6-0, 6-2 to increase the winning margin for the Sun Devils to 7-0. 

ASU will play next against UCLA on April 2 at 1:30 p.m. MST in Tempe.

Men

No. 17 ASU men's tennis fell to 13-5 after suffering consecutive home losses to UCLA and No. 15 USC this weekend in Tempe. 

The Sun Devils' first match of the week was scheduled to take place against Idaho State on Wednesday, but it was canceled due to "COVID-19 developments" within ASU's program. 

However, the Sun Devils were still able to open up the weekend by hosting the Bruins on Friday, where they fell 4-3. 

ASU started the match by securing a tightly contested doubles point, as seniors Makey Rakotomalala and Tim Ruehl won at the No. 2 spot, and senior Andrea Bolla and sophomore Christian Lerby won at No. 3.

Only two singles matches ended in straight sets, as Bolla won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 4, and Ruehl fell 6-4, 7-6 at No. 3. 

Senior Nathan Ponwith, the No. 51 singles player in the country, then fell at No. 1 singles to No. 48 Keegan Smith in three sets. Rakotomalala, who was battling an injury, also fell at No. 2 singles in three sets. 

Sophomore George Stoupe won in three sets at No. 5 singles, briefly evening the match score at 3-3, but Lerby fell shortly after at No. 6 singles to give UCLA the win.

On Sunday, ASU fell more convincingly against USC by a score of 6-1.

First, Stoupe and Ponwith fell for the second consecutive match at No. 1 doubles, while Bolla and Lerby lost at No. 2 to allow the Trojans to secure the doubles point.

The Sun Devils failed to rebound in singles play facing four nationally-ranked opponents. Stoupe and Lerby fell quickly at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Ponwith, Rakotomalala and Bolla each lost their matches 7-6, 7-6. Ruehl captured the only victory in singles for ASU at No. 3, defeating No. 55 Stefan Dostanic. 

ASU will continue Pac-12 play and face Stanford next on April 2 at 2 p.m. MST in Stanford, California. 


Reach the reporters at lhertz@asu.edu and cbreber@asu.edu and follow @laurenrachell_  and @carsobi on Twitter.

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