Story by Adam Redfern
The Racers tennis team added its 11th and 12th wins of the season when it beat SIUE 5-2 and Eastern Illinois University 6-1.
In doubles, junior Claire Chang and senior Jeanne Masson got the first set 6-1. Senior Amina Hadzic and junior Sara Loncarevic secured the doubles point for the Racers when they won their set 7-6.
Sophomore Stasya Sharapova and junior Anja Loncarevic’s match went unfinished because the other two doubles teams had already secured the doubles point.
Sara Loncarevic got the Racers their first singles win when she won 6-2, 6-3. Hadzic added another win shortly after 6-4, 7-5. Sophomore Aarja Chakraborty added yet another close win 6-2, 7-6.
Anja Loncarevic had a three-set battle, but came up short 3-6, 6-2, 3-6. Chang dropped her set as well 3-6, 4-6.
Sharapova added the final singles win in a tough three-set match 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to cap off a team win for the Racers.
Murray State took the doubles point in quick fashion with junior Claire Chang and senior Jeanne Masson won their set 6-3. Senior Amina Hadzic and junior Sara Loncarevic secured the doubles point with a 6-4 win.
Sophomore Stasya Sharapova and junior Anja Loncarevic’s set went unfinished because of the team already securing the doubles point.
In singles Anja Loncarevic added the first win with a quick 6-0, 6-1. Hadzic added a hard fought win shortly after 6-4, 7-5. Sara Loncarevic won a tough third set victory 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Chang dropped the only match of the day with a tough 6-4, 2-6, 2-6 loss.
Sharapova came from behind to secure another point for the Racers 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, and sophomore Aarja Chakraborty added another tough three set win 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
Murray State now sits at 12-7 overall with an OVC record of 6-1 that puts them at second in the conference. A win over Austin Peay State University in the Racers next match would give each team a share of the regular season OVC Championship.
The Racers will cap off the regular season against the Governors at 1 pm at Bennie Purcell Courts on Friday, April 19.