VSU Tennis Completes Strong Weekend

By: VSU Sports Communications
By: VSU Sports Communications

Valdosta, GA - In three conference matches each for Valdosta State men’s and women’s tennis, the teams made a strong showing, completing the weekend 5-1.

The men continue to stay undefeated with three dominating wins over Lambuth, Alabama-Huntsville and North Alabama, not losing a single point.

The women picked up two wins in conference with a 5-0 victory at Lambuth and an 8-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville. North Alabama was able to withstand the VSU women, 7-2.

Both teams started the weekend with dominating 5-0 wins over Lambuth. In the only singles match to be completed, Nicole Hernandez beat Courtney Cothren, 6-0, 6-0. Only two doubles matches were played and VSU came out winners there too. Hernandez teamed with Jessica Tuggle to win, 8-0, over Cothren and her sister Ashley. Alina Nagel and Sarah Braun kept the momentum going with an 8-0 victory over Dasha Klyuyenko and Morgan Moore.

The men had the same results against Lambuth. Daniel Dueren and Christian Hansen took an 8-0 win in top doubles against Ryan Swift and Justin King while Bernhard Wallner and Otto Lenhart beat Keithroy Proctor and Rafael Vanceslau. Konstantin Kutschenko took the only other completed point in third singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Proctor.

Valdosta State put on a dominating performance against Alabama-Hunstville Saturday with the women winning, 8-1, and the men sweeping, 9-0.

The only point the women dropped came at fifth singles. Meanwhile, Braun won top singles, 6-2, 6-0, over Giannina Mulky and Nagel took second singles, 6-0, 6-0 over Amanda Sippel. The two teamed up for a win in doubles play over both Mulky and Sippel, 8-1.

Hernandez and Tuggle won second doubles, 8-4, over Maria Lawton and Kasi McDonald. Then Hernandez beat Lawton, 6-4, 6-0, while Tuggle beat Lina Carvajal, 6-3, 6-3.

McDonald would bounced back from doubles to beat Valdosta State’s Leslie Roberge in fifth singles, 6-3, 6-3. Jahyna Pope was able to get the final point for VSU in sixth singles with a 7-5, 7-6 victory over Amanda Bevis. Roberge and Pope also beat Carvajal and Bevis in third doubles, 8-3.

The men were tested, but never in danger. Dueren and Hansen, the No. 2 doubles team, were pushed to the edge by Daniel Canellas and Christopher Kano, but persevered to win, 9-8 (7-1).

Philip Pakebusch and Luis Loeffler, third in the nation, made short work of Raphael Oliviera and Guilermo Reyes, winning 8-1. In third doubles, Wallner and Lenhart beat Bruno Medeiros and Jordan Belcher, 8-2.

Singles play was much of the same. Dueren put away Canellas, 6-1, 6-3, at the top spot while Hansen, playing second singles, beat Kano, 6-2, 6-1. Loeffler beat Oliviera in matching 6-1 sets in third singles while Kutschenko beat Reyes, 6-1, 7-5. The closest match was at fifth singles where Wallner outlasted Medeiros, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Lenhart helped VSU finish strong with a 6-0, 6-3 win at sixth singles.

On a roll, VSU headed to North Alabama looking for two more conference wins. The men came through with a 9-0 sweep, but the women fell, 7-2.

Valdosta State did win the first point of the day when Braun and Nagel outlasted Victoria Rees and Bruna Vieira, 8-6, in top doubles for the only VSU point in doubles. The other point for the VSU women came at second singles where Nagel beat Vieira in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 10-8. The rest of VSU’s singles fell in two sets.

On the men’s side, it was continued domination. The top two doubles teams won, 8-1, 8-6, while the third team of Wallner and Lenhart beat T.J. Drake and Corey Griffin, 9-7.

In singles play, North Alabama never forced a third set. In fact, VSU won five sets by a score of 6-0. In fifth and sixth singles, Wallner and Lenhart put away their opponents, 6-0, 6-0. In fourth singles, Kutschenko registered the fifth 6-0 score when he beat Rob Whitsitt, 6-0, 6-2.

The top threesome of Pakebusch, Hansen and Loeffler rattled off scores of 6-1, 6-4; 6-4, 6-4; and 6-4, 6-3 respectively to complete the 9-0 sweep.

Valdosta State next faces Cameron Friday while the men will face Ouachita Baptist Saturday and the women take on Central Oklahoma Saturday. All three matches will take place in Pensacola, Fla.

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