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Helena Jansen
Helena Jansen picked up wins at number one singles and number two doubles this past week.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Tennis Defeats South Alabama

App State Tennis kept its hot streak alive on Saturday with a 4-1 win over South Alabama at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

Playing at home for the first time since March 18, the Mountaineers (9-6, 6-2 Sun Belt) earned a big Sun Belt win over the Jaguars (14-4, 4-3 Sun Belt), a perennial powerhouse in the league.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” said head coach Ashleigh Antal. “That’s what we’ve been working for. Everybody came together. Everybody was loud. Everybody competed really hard. They trusted the process, and that’s what it’s about at this point in the season. This is the first time we’ve beaten South Alabama since I’ve been here, and I have a lot of respect for Jaco (Keyser) and the program he runs. They’re competitors and they’re really talented, so for us to come out on top today is huge for us.”

App State started the day by winning the doubles point for the sixth time in eight league contests, with wins by Helena Jansen and Erika Dodridge on court two (6-2) and Virginia Poggi and Maggie Pate on court three (6-2).

Savannah Dada-Mascoll was the first to win her singles match, earning a quick 6-4, 6-3 victory over USA’s Nikola Novotna on court two. It improved the freshman’s season singles record to 11-2 and 6-1 in Sun Belt play, both the best on the team.

In a battle of two of the conference’s best, Jansen came from behind to defeat reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week Luminita Tutunaru on court one. After trailing 3-0 early in the first set, Jansen fought back to win it 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker). After dropping the second set 6-4, Jansen again stormed back for a 6-1 third-set win to clinch the Mountaineers’ third point of the day.

Dodridge battled back from down 3-0 to win her first set 7-6 on a 7-3 tiebreaker. She and USA’s Tereza Dejnozkova also went to a tiebreaker in the second set, which Dodridge again came from behind to win 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker).