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By Devin Stubbs | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, Feb. 26 both men’s and women’s tennis faced off against Mount St. Mary’s University.
The men’s tennis team swept the Mount 7-0, pushing their overall record to 6-1. This is the first time since the 2011-12 season that the men have held a 6-1 record. The women’s tennis team prevailed, winning 6-1 with their third straight win. Both teams competed at 2 pm in Radford at the Radford Tennis Complex.
Radford men’s tennis began the match with doubles against Mount St. Mary’s. Yevhen Sirous, a sophomore from Ukraine, and Rodrigo Magalhaes, a junior from Portugal, came out of the gate strong with a 6-1 victory on court 1.
The second victory on court 2 by Alexandros Caldwell, a senior from Greece, and Michiel Meekers, a redshirt senior from Belgium, pushed the Highlanders into a 1-0 lead.
Radford men’s tennis has a 5 match winning streak, looking to continue it on Mar. 12 at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.Moving onto singles, Radford gained a strong lead. The 6 singles match all ended within two sets. The second time all season, two of the last three matches have had singles matches end in two sets. Pierre-Olivier Lassalle, a freshman from France, won 6-0, 6-1 on court 5. Matko Varga, a junior from Croatia, won 6-2, 6-1 on court 6. Magalhaes carried his energy from doubles into his singles match with his second appearance back on the court after missing a couple of matches, winning 6-1, 6-1.
Sirous stepped back onto court 1, earning a victory of 6-3, 6-3. Caldwell joined in on the sweep, winning 6-0, 6-4 on court 3. The final match in singles, Meekers had the opportunity to give the Highlanders a full sweep. He prevailed, winning 6-3, 6-2, ending the match on a high note.
Radford men’s tennis has a 5 match winning streak, looking to continue it on Mar. 12 at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. The Highlanders have been protecting Radford turf, going 3-0 at home and not losing a doubles match in the NRV or on the road.
Radford women’s tennis came out to defend their home turf and did just that. The Highlanders began the match in doubles. Anastasia Belyaeva, a junior from Russia, and Jeanine Acierto, a sophomore from Chantilly, VA, dominated on court 2 with a 6-2 victory. The freshmen duo, Malin Falk and Marielle Leahy, finished out the double with a victory of the same score.
The Highlanders brought the intensity from doubles straight into singles. Belyaeva started off with a 6-2, 6-1, win on court 1 for the first point in singles matches. Acierto faced her opponent on court 3, walking off with a 6-3, 6-1 victory and pushing the Highlanders to a 3-0 lead. An exciting day for Leahy, a freshman from Evans, GA, she earned her first victory as a Highlander with a 6-1, 6-3 win. Leahy’s point gave Radford a 4-0 lead.
In the final three matches, Radford women’s tennis battled to the end in a tiebreaker. Drousile Dzeubou, a junior from Italy, fought and prevailed with a 6-7, 6-2, 10-5 win. Falk took the court once again and won the tiebreaker with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 score.
Women’s tennis next match will be on the road, facing off against the Winthrop University Eagles. The Highlanders will be traveling to Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Photo Credit: (RU Athletics – In the Featured Image is Marielle Leahy)