App State women’s tennis suffered a narrow 4-3 decision to Elon on Wednesday afternoon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers fall to 1-5 on the season while Elon improves to 8-2.
App State nearly pulled off the comeback against an Elon team that’s undefeated at home, while it’s the second 4-3 decision in as many contests for the Apps.
Elon claimed the first three singles matches to take a 3-1 advantage before the Black and Gold came back to tie up the contest.
Helena Figueras (Girona, Spain/Tyler Junior College) won her second straight singles match with a straight-set triumph over Sofia Edo, 6-3, 7-5, as the No. 4 in the lineup. Ksenia Aleshina (Moscow, Russia) came back from a one-set deficit to defeat Sibel Tanik on Court No. 2. Aleshina fell in the first frame (6-3) before taking the next two sets, 6-3, 6-3, to bring the score to 3-3.
It came down to Court No. 1, where María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) forced a match-deciding third set after picking up the second frame, 7-5, against Victoria Saldh. However, Zacarias fell to Saldh 7-5 in a tightly-contested contest.
App State won the doubles point after Sandra Anglesjö(Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken) /Figueras defeated Alison O’Dea/Lizette Reding in a tiebreaking 7-6 (8-6) victory to give App State a 1-0 lead. Zacarias/Aleshina won their first match as a tandem after downing Tanik/ Shauna Galvin, 6-4.
Figueras won her singles and doubles match for the second straight contest, while Aleshina also won both her singles and doubles contest. Peri Tippins (St. Johns, Fla./Bartram) played in her first collegiate match for the Apps.
App State returns to action on Saturday at 10 a.m. against Georgia State in the Sun Belt opener.
Victoria Saldh (ELON) def. María José Zacarias (APP) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
Ksenia Aleshina (APP) def. Sibel Tanik (ELON) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3,
Lizette Reding (ELON) def. Virginia Poggi (APP) 6-3, 6-0
Helena Figueras (APP) def. Sofia Edo (ELON) 6-3, 7-5
Shauna Galvin (ELON) def. Sandra Anglesjö (APP) 6-4, 6-4
Alison O’Dea (ELON) def. Peri Tippins (APP) 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 3, 5, 4, 2, 1
Zacarias/Aleshina (APP) def. Tanik/Galvin (ELON) 6-4
Anglesjö/Figueras (APP) def. O’Dea/reding (ELON) 7-6 (8-6)
Saldh/Edo (ELON) def. Tippins/Poggi (APP) 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2