The MSU women’s tennis team continued their winning ways this weekend, starting with a matchup against the Sacramento State Hornets (9-15, 7-3) on Friday, April 11. The Bobcats had never won against the Hornets in Big Sky play and Sac State was coming off a loss to UM earlier in the day — their first conference loss since 2001.
The Hornets lost a player to injury after the matchup with UM and were forced to default at No. 3 doubles, which meant the Cats only needed to win one of the doubles matches. They ended up taking the No. 2 matchup, with senior Ellie Crum and freshman Laura Middel getting the 8-2 victory.
After that, the singles took the court. The Nos. 1-3 all lost for the Bobcats, but Crum defeated Andie Mouzes in straight sets at the No. 4 spot, 6-0, 6-2. The duel was tied at 3-all, and it was up to senior Wena Tsan to break the tie, and get the victory. Tsan pulled through in three sets to get the historic victory for MSU. The score was 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
“When it came down to the last set, it required more than skills to win that match. I had to be mentally tougher than my opponent to close it out,” Tsan said.
The Cats took the court again on April 13 to take on Northern Colorado (8-9, 6-4). MSU began the duel by winning both Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. Crum and Middel won 8-5 over Chrissie Hoolahan and Laura Wehner, which gave the Bobcat duo their 11th straight win, and an 8-0 record in conference play.
The Nos. 1-4 singles matches gave the Bobcats a commanding 5-0 lead, after straight-set victories by sophomore Iva Parapunova, Middel, senior Paulina Lopez and Crum. UNC pulled out two wins in Nos. 5 and 6 singles, as Tsan was extended to three-sets, 6-0, 4-6, 10-3, and freshman Molly Crum fell in a 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 matchup. The Bobcats won 5-2 in the duel.
MSU (8-10, 5-4) will be back on April 20 to close out the regular season against North Dakota.