NCAA Men's Tennis Championship First Round: MSU vs. Tennessee Tech

Clay Curtis
May 12, 2018

The OSU senior from Podgorica, Montenegro, has been a staple on the Cowgirls' roster that's hosted four-straight NCAA Regionals. Their best finish under the current team tournament format came in 1992 when they finished runner-up, but Notre Dame was NCAA co-champions in 1944 and 1959, when champions were decided by points scored by individual player wins. We were a little nervous for sure, (but) the guys are less nervous (this year). "We want to keep playing". Our fans are really going to help us out and the heat is going to help us out. "I'm really proud of her".

Should Mississippi State get past Tennessee Tech, the Bulldogs would play the victor of the Memphis/South Alabama match in the second round on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Van Emburgh, struck first for the Sooners - winning 6-1, 6-3 from the No. 2 line.

"I feel like we've had two great weeks off", senior Anna Danilina said.

Patterson (Williamsville South) led most of the event with a throw of 59 feet, 8 1/4 inches. "It's a different feeling and so good to have the fans behind us at all times".

The Wildcats took the doubles point with a pair of 6-0 win at first and third doubles.

Finally, on court three Kristina Sorokolet took the opening set 6-4 before freshman Taylor Bridges evened the match with a 7-5 win in the second.

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Vasilyuk got the Tigers back on the scoreboard with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Vera Ploner on court five, trimming Tulsa's lead to 3-2 with Ryann Foster and Golovin in the midst of their third sets on courts two and three.

"Any time we start off with the doubles point, we think we can beat anybody in the country", Young said. This marks the 11th appearance in the past 12 seasons for the Hokies who will open with No. 25 Kentucky. I think with the strength of our lineup in singles, it puts a lot of pressure on the other team.

"If we want to get though tomorrow, we are going to have to play better defense than we've had all season", Wright said.

Meanwhile, the IL women got into the tournament for the first time since 2012 as an at-large bid. The first Cowgirl to win in singles was Guinart, who played No. 4 singles.

The final score of the match was 4-0, and the only set won by the Sun Devils was by Makey Rakotomalala on Court 3.

"Marina is playing really well", Young said. "She's played very confidently and some of the things we worked on, I saw her execute today".

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