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By Devin Stubbs | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 3, both Men’s and Women’s Tennis hosted USC Upstate. Both teams prevailed, improving their overall and Big South records. The matches were hosted at the Radford Tennis Complex and proved an entertaining sight.
Radford men’s tennis began the match with doubles. Ultimately losing that point to the Spartans, the men came back with a vengeance in singles.
Andres Silva, a freshman from Venezuela, swept his opponent 6-0, 6-0, on court 6. Silva tied the score 1-1, with his teammates coming up and adding while Matko Varga, a junior from Croatia, won 6-4, 6-3.
Michiel Meekers, a redshirt senior from Belgium, pushed Radford to a 3-1 lead after his 6-3, 6-3 victory. Needing just one more point to win the overall match, the Highlanders pushed on.
The point was found by Alexandros Caldwell, a senior from Greece, who earned his 14th win of the season after his 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory on court 3.
Rodrigo Magalhaes, a junior from Portugal, added to the winning effort with a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 10-5 win on court 1. Wrapping up the match and giving Radford their final point, Yevhn Sirous took the court. The sophomore from Ukraine went into three sets with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win on court 2.
The victory over the USC Upstate Spartans gave Radford men’s tennis their 14th overall season win. The Highlanders are 14-4, and 5-1 in the Big South conference. They are only two wins away from tying their most conference wins from the 2012 season.
Radford will be hosting their senior/alumni day on Sunday, April 7. The Highlanders will be taking on Presbyterian, a Big South foe. Next, they will be traveling to their final Big South match against Campbell in Buies Creek, NC. Campbell is currently the league-leader.
Radford’s women’s tennis team proved to be an unstoppable force against USC Upstate. The Highlanders swept the Spartans 7-0, defending their home turf.
The match started in doubles where the Highlanders gained the early lead. Drousile Dzeubou, a junior from Italy, and Tyler Blalock, a sophomore from Abingdon, VA, defeated they’re rivaling opponents. The women came out victorious 5-4.
Malin Falk, a freshman from Sweden, and Katey Fruehauf, a freshman from Milton, GA, took the court soon after. The freshman duo made quick work of the Spartans, defeating them 6-1.
The final doubles match to take place, Jeanine Acierto, a sophomore from Chantilly, VA, and Anastasia Belyaeva, a junior from Russia, clinched the final point with a 6-2 victory.
Moving onto singles, the Highlanders kept the intensity coming. Dzeubou came back to the court first, winning 6-3, 6-2 on court 2. Belyaeva returned to court 1, giving Radford a 3-0 lead with her 6-4, 6-4 victory. Gaining the overall match-winning point, Blalock gave Radford their 9th win of the season with a 6-4, 7-5 win on court 4. Already having won the match, the final two singles matches gave the Highlanders a full sweep.
Fruehauf returned and won 0-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. Falk finished up the match with a 6-2, 6-7, 10-5 win and gave Radford their final point.
The Highlanders will be hosting their final three matches of the regular season at home. Radford will take on Bluefield State on April 10 and NC Central on April 13.
Photo Credit: (Radford Athletics)