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Maggie Pate
Maggie Pate picked up the lone point for the Mountaineers with a win in singles play.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Tennis Edges Out Radford

For the third straight day, App State Tennis overcame a short-staffed lineup to earn a hard-fought victory, this time prevailing 4-3 on the road at Radford.

Without the services of four of their players Sunday, the Mountaineers (6-4) used depth and grit to come away with their second road victory of the season.

“Our team fought hard despite having multiple people out of the lineup,” said head coach Hannah Fetters. “Going 3-0 over the weekend gives us good momentum before starting up conference matches.”

With the match tied at 3-3, it all came down to freshman Naledi Manyube on court three for the deciding singles contest. After Manyube dropped her first set 6-4, she stormed back for a 6-0 win in the second and then finished off Radford’s Lexi Smolder 6-2 in the third to clinch the team win.

App State also got singles wins against Radford (2-8) from Savannah Dada-Mascoll on court one (6-2, 6-1) and Maggie Pate on court two (6-2, 6-4). Dada-Mascoll won her singles match for the seventh straight outing, and Pate improved to 7-2 in her last nine singles matches.

The Mountaineers’ doubles teams of Manyube and Pate on court one and Dada-Mascoll and Brooke Gruber on court two both cruised to 6-0 wins to clinch what turned out to be an impactful doubles point to start the day.

With nonconference play ending at Radford, App State will enter the Sun Belt portion of its season on Saturday at James Madison. The Mountaineers will then return to Boone for home matches against Georgia State (March 16) and Troy (March 17).

Results vs Radford
Naledi Manyube/Maggie Pate (APP) def. Julia Abrams/Emily Brandow (RAD) 6-0
Savannah Dada-Mascoll/Brooke Gruber (APP) def. Ameek Batth/Lexi Smolder (RAD) 6-0
Brooke Demerath/Peri Tippins (APP) vs. Brooke Murphy/Michaela Stephens (RAD) 3-4 (unfinished)

Savannah Dada-Mascoll (APP) def. Julia Abrams (RAD) 6-2, 6-1
Maggie Pate (APP) def. Michaela Stephens (RAD) 6-2, 6-4
Naledi Manyube (APP) def. Lexi Smolder (RAD) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
Emily Brandow (RAD) def. Brooke Gruber (APP) 6-1, 6-0
Rachel Ekanem (RAD) def. Brooke Demerath (APP) 6-3, 6-3
Brooke Murphy (RAD) def. Peri Tippins (APP) 6-0, 6-0