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App State Women’s Tennis Drop Regular Season Finale In Narrow Defeat
Helena Jansen went 15-7 overall at number one singles, but 5-0 in Sun Belt Conference matches.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Tennis Drop Regular Season Finale In Narrow Defeat

App State women’s tennis fell 4-3 at Georgia Southern Saturday to close the regular season.

The Mountaineers (5-15, 3-7 SBC) clinched the doubles point to start the day. At doubles 1, Helena Jansen and Ellie Murphy won their eight match as a tandem this season, defeating their opponent 6-3. Virginia Poggi and Olwyn Ryan-Bovey earned the team point with a 6-4 win at the No. 2 court. Erika Dodridge and Brooke Gruber were down 5-4 in a close match when the doubles point was earned.

In singles action, the Eagles (12-10, 4-6 SBC) struck first with wins at courts 2 and 3 to give Georgia Southern a 2-1 lead.

Shortly after, despite several rain delays, Jansen won her sixth straight singles match, defeating her opponent 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 1 singles position to tie the match at 2-2. Jansen finished the regular season with an overall singles record of 15-7.

Ryan-Bovey then put the Mountaineers up 3-2 with a comeback victory at the No. 4 court, winning 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 before the Eagles finished the day with wins at courts 5 and 6.

The Mountaineers will finish their season at the Sun Belt Championship in Peachtree, Ga. The tournament will stretch from Apr. 21 through Apr. 24.

Georgia Southern 4, App State 3

Singles competition
1. Helena Jansen (APP) def. Silvia Martinez (GS) 6-4, 6-2
2. Paula Hijos (GS) def. Erika Dodridge (APP) 6-3, 6-3
3. Sonja Keranen (GS) def. Ellie Murphy (APP) 6-3, 6-2
4. Olwyn Ryan-Bovey (APP) def. Sophie Wagemaker (GS) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Mila Hartig (GS) def. Virginia Poggi (APP) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
6. Elizabeth Goines (GS) def. Brooke Gruber (APP) 7-6, 3-6, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Helena Jansen/Ellie Murphy (APP) def. Elizabeth Goines/Sonja Keranen (GS) 6-3
2. Virginia Poggi/Olwyn Ryan-Bovey (APP) def. Paula Hijos/Silvia Martinez (GS) 6-4
3. Mila Hartig/Sophie Wagemaker (GS) vs. Erika Dodridge/Brooke Gruber (APP) 5-4, unfinished

Match Notes:
App State 5-15, 3-7 SBC
Georgia Southern 12-10, 4-6 SBC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,6,5)