ASU men's and women's tennis teams each lose Pac-12 matches

The women's team suffered its first losses at home, and the men's team had its losing streak extended to three matches

ASU's men's and women's tennis teams suffered Pac-12 losses this past week. Women's tennis lost its first games at home this season, and the men's team had its losing streak extended to three matches.

Women

ASU women’s tennis lost to No. 10 UCLA and USC this past weekend, marking the team's first two losses at home this season.

The Sun Devils began the weekend by losing a tough 4-3 match against the Bruins Friday.

In doubles, senior Tereza Kolarova and junior Domenika Turkovic were the only Sun Devils to win their match, defeating junior Elysia Bolton and sophomore Sasha Vagramov 6-2. 

Seniors Ilze Hattingh and Lauryn John-Baptiste lost their match to sophomore Abbey Forbes and graduate student Jada Hart 6-3. 

Redshirt senior Sammi Hampton and freshman Marianna Argyrokastriti also lost their match to seniors Annette Goulak and Vivian Wolff 6-4 to give UCLA the doubles point.

In singles, after Forbes defeated Hattingh 6-3, 6-2, the Sun Devils won three straight matches to come within one point of winning the team match.

However, UCLA won each of the next two matches in three sets. Junior Cali Jankowski lost her match against Goulak 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, and Hampton lost to Hart 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

ASU then lost to USC 5-2 Saturday, the team's fourth loss in the past five matches.

After the Sun Devils and the Trojans split the first two doubles matches, Hampton and Argyrokastriti won a tight 7-6 match against junior Salma Ewing and redshirt senior Clare McKee to capture the doubles point.

After Jankowski defeated McKee 6-3, 6-2 in singles, USC won the remaining five singles matches to win the team match. 

ASU will play next against Utah on April 9 at 1:30 p.m. MST in Tempe.

Men

No. 23 ASU men's tennis lost its third consecutive match in heartbreaking fashion Friday, falling 4-3 to Stanford. 

The Sun Devils failed to win the doubles point by losing two straight matches after winning the first.

ASU's No. 1 pair of seniors Nathan Ponwith and Tim Ruehl won 6-2 to begin doubles play. However, the No. 2 pair of senior Makey Rakotomalala and sophomore George Stoupe lost 6-2, and senior Andrea Bolla and sophomore Christian Lerby lost at No. 3. 

The Sun Devils started strong in singles play, winning three of the first four matches. Ponwith won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Ruehl won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 and Bolla won in three sets at No. 4.

After Stoupe and freshman Max McKennon each lost their singles matches, bringing the match score to 3-3, Rakotomalala lost in a third set tiebreak to clinch the victory for Stanford.

ASU's second match of the weekend, scheduled for Saturday against Cal, was canceled. The team will next take on Utah on the road on April 9 at 11 a.m. MST.  


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

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