App State

BOONE — It was a weekend of highs and lows for the Appalachian State University tennis team, as the Mountaineers beat Western Carolina only to fall short against eleventh-ranked Duke the following day.

The Mountaineers returned to action after a two-week layoff, having opened their season in a losing effort to the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Jan. 31.

App was nearly perfect against Western Carolina at the Deer Valley Racquet Club on Saturday, Feb. 13, going 6-1 in singles and then sweeping the Catamounts in doubles play.

Sandra Anglesjö and Ksenia Aleshina started the match off in doubles with a 6-1 win over Anna Uljanov and Julia Pezzuco on Court No. 2. App State clinched the doubles point when Helena Figueras and Virginia Poggi dealt Carli Deehr and Antonella Benavides a 6-2 defeat as the third tandem.

The Mountaineers swept all three doubles matches as the duo of María José Zacarias and Teodora Sevo topped Kata Foldeak and Jacy Smith, 6-1.

Sevo continued her solid day with a second victory over Smith, 6-3, 6-2 as the No. 2 in the lineup.

Aleshina gave the Apps a 3-0 advantage when she downed Uljanov in a come-from-behind three-set win. The freshman fell in the first set followed by 7-5 and 6-1 victories in the second and third frames, respectively.

After Zacarias fell in a hard-fought three-set match as the No. 1, Anglesjö clinched the contest with her convincing 6-1, 6-0 triumph against Deehr. Poggi and Figueras continued App State’s momentum with a pair of straight-set wins. Poggi won her match, 6-3, 6-3, over Hoda Habib, while Figueras ended the day with a 6-0, 6-1 showing over Benavides.

The next day, App headed to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham to face the nationally-ranked Duke Blue Devils, losing 7-0.

App State trailed 1-0 after the Blue Devils captured the doubles point with wins on Courts 1 and 2. The No. 3 doubles match of Figueras /Poggi and Hannah Zhao/Ema Lazic went unfinished.

The Apps faced a Duke singles lineup that features five student-athletes who are ranked. Duke claimed all six singles contests in straight sets for the victory.

Now at 1-2, the Mountaineers will look to bounce back Tuesday, Feb. 16, on the road against the current top-ranked team in the nation, the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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