SMSU TENNIS: SMSU finishes 1-1 to open NSIC play

WINONA – The Southwest Minnesota State women’s tennis team picked up its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory on Sunday morning defeating Upper Iowa, 4-0 at the Winona Tennis Center.

SMSU improves to 6-3 overall, 1-1 NSIC, and has defeated UIU for the second straight season.

The Mustangs earned the doubles point as Fatima Murphy and Olivia Watzke won 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, while Daniela Flores and Paige Janka won via forfeit at No. 3 doubles to secure the point. Cora Delich and Hannah Starke led their match at No. 2 doubles by a 5-3 score.

In singles play, Hanna Himmelman earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5, while Starke won via forfeit at No. 6. SMSU clinched the match at No. 3 as Olivia Watzke, who won the first set 6-0 and led 3-0 in the second, won via injury default. Due to poor weather conditions, the other three single matches were not completed so both teams could head home.

Saturday

The Mustangs opened conference play on Saturday with a 6-1 loss to Winona State at the Winona Tennis Center.

Daniela Flores picked up a singles point for SMSU with a 4-6, 7-3, 10-3 victory at No. 4.

WSU earned the one team doubles point winning two of three matches at No. 1 and No. 2. SMSU’s No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Starke and Cora Delich won its match by a score of 6-2.

Southwest Minnesota State continues NSIC play next Saturday with a pair of matches in St. Peter. The Mustangs take on UMary at 1 p.m., before taking on MSU Moorhead at 6:30 p.m. with both matches at the Swanson Tennis Center.

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