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Virginia Poggi
Virginia Poggi won at number five singles. and at number three doubles
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Tennis Advances to Sun Belt Quarterfinals

App State won the doubles point and three quick singles matches to claim a 4-1 victory over Georgia State in the first round of the Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Championship on Wednesday at the Peachtree City Tennis Center.

The fifth-seeded Mountaineers (13-7) advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals and will face No. 4 seed Georgia Southern at 10 a.m. The winner of that match will play the winner between No. 1 seed Old Dominion and either No. 8 Troy or No. 9 Texas State on Friday (10 a.m.).

“I loved our team effort today,” head coach Ashleigh Antal said. “Postseason tennis is always different and exciting, so I’m really happy with the way we battled the nerves and came away with the win. I want to give a huge thank you to our players’ families who came from all over for the support today, it was really a game changer for us. Looking forward to competing hard against a tough Georgia Southern team tomorrow.”

App State made quick work of the doubles point, with Virginia Poggi and Maggie Pate winning by forfeit on court three, followed by Ellie Murphy and Savannah Dada-Mascoll winning 6-3 on court one.

In singles, Olwyn Ryan-Bovey won by forfeit on court six, Erika Dodridge breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Alexia Alvarez on court four, and Poggi claimed a 6-3, 6-3 win on court five to seal the Mountaineers’ second win this season over Georgia State (2-19).

This is the second time App State has advanced past the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament since joining the league in 2014-15. The 2018 squad defeated Texas State in the first round before falling to Georgia State.