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ASU men's tennis stops losing streak, women sweep two opponents

The Sun Devils' men's tennis team won 4-2 against Utah, and the women's team picked up consecutive shutouts

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ASU redshirt senior Sammi Hampton hits the ball against Oklahoma at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. ASU defeated Oklahoma 4-3.


ASU men's and women's tennis each picked up wins this past week. The men's team stopped its three-match losing streak with a win against Utah, while the women's team swept two opponents.

Women

ASU women's tennis shut out Utah and Colorado in Tempe on Friday and Saturday, respectively. 

Against Utah, ASU's pairing of senior Tereza Kolarova and freshman Giulia Morlet defeated junior Lindsay Hung and senior Jasmine Rich 6-1. Then, redshirt senior Sammi Hampton and freshman Marianna Argyrokastriti defeated juniors Anya Lamoreaux and Madeline Lamoreaux 6-2 to win the doubles point.

In singles, senior Ilze Hattingh, junior Domenika Turkovic and Morlet each won their matches to complete the sweep. 

ASU's momentum continued the next day against Colorado. Senior Lauryn John-Baptiste and Hattingh began the match by shutting out junior Sara Nayar and graduate student Fleur Eggink 6-0. Kolarova and Morlet secured the doubles point for the Sun Devils after defeating sophomore Maria Campos and junior Ky Ecton 6-4. 

The Sun Devils again won three consecutive singles matches to complete the sweep. John-Baptiste, Turkovic and Argyrokastriti each won their matches in straight sets. 

The Sun Devils improved to a 12-7 record and 9-2 at home with the wins.

ASU will close out its regular season against UA on April 17 at 1:30 p.m. MST in Tucson.

Men

No. 27 ASU men's tennis won its lone match of the week against Utah 4-2 Friday to halt its three-match losing streak.

The Sun Devils began the match by losing the doubles point, with the team deploying three pairs that had yet to be utilized this season.

Senior Makey Rakotomalala and sophomore George Stoupe won 6-2 at No. 2 to open up play, but freshman Max McKennon and sophomore Christian Lerby then fell at No. 3. Seniors Nathan Ponwith and Tim Ruehl also lost at No. 1 to give the Utes the doubles point.

The Sun Devils responded in singles by winning four out of five matches. Rakotomalala struck first at No. 2, followed by Ruehl winning at No. 3 and McKennon at No. 5. Ponwith lost in a second-set tiebreak at No. 1 singles to narrow the ASU advantage to 3-2 before Lerby clinched the win at No. 6 singles in a tight third set. 

ASU will conclude its regular season in Tempe against UA on April 17 at 2 p.m. MST.


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

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