Women’s tennis goes for seven in a row

Murray State women’s tennis seeks to continue its winning streak today against the UT Martin Skyhawks.

The Racers started off the season shakily in January. The team eventually picked up steam around the middle of the season. The Racers currently have six wins in a row with only two OVC matches, Tennessee State and Jacksonville State, remaining. The April 12-13 matches will cap off the regular season before play in the OVC tournament starts April 19-21 in Paducah, Ky. The team is currently 7-1 within OVC?play.

The team won its last match against Tennessee State with a 6-0 victory. The Racers defeated Belmont University, Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri in three consecutive matches, all by a healthy margin.

Players Ashley Canty and Carolyn Huerth excelled in doubles against Tennessee State, winning 8-0. Megan Blue and Carla Suga won the number two slot, which clinched the April 7 doubles win for the Racers. Singles play went just as well for Murray State. Canty and Huerth defeated Tennessee State in each of their sets and Suga won her two sets, 6-1 and 6-0 in the number two slot.

The Racers’ upcoming opponent, UT Martin, own a record of 5-16 and are coming off a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Eastern Illinois. Murray State follows up today’s match against UT Martin with another OVC match at home. The Racers will play against the 12-10 Jacksonville State for Senior Day Saturday at 10 a.m.

Coach Elkin stressed a need for consistency in her players’ performances.

“We need to keep consistent and stay healthy,” Elkin said. “Keep our heads right.”

Murray State will play at 2 p.m. today at home against UT Martin.

Story by Kelly Farrell, Contributing writer.