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Taya Powell
Taya Powell won at both singles and doubles play.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Tennis Picks Up First Win of the Season

App State tennis picked up its first win under head coach Hannah Fetters with a 6-1 victory over Queens in its home opener of the 2024 campaign. The Mountaineers move to 1-1 on the season with some all-around exceptional play.

“I feel really excited, I think the girls did a good job today,” said Fetters. “They were focused and had really good energy and that’s what helped us do a good job today.”

App State started the match strong by securing the doubles point early with a Queens forfeit on court No.3 and a victory on the No. 2 court from graduate student Maggie Pate/freshman Taya Powell, which marked the duo’s second win of the season. Despite a hard fight from the young team of freshman Naledi Manyube/sophomore Savannah Dada-Mascoll on the No. 1 court, the duo fell short.

The Mountaineers kept the momentum going into singles play as Manyube picked up her first win in the Black and Gold with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout on couth No. 3. Pate and Powell each improved to 2-0 in singles action, as Pate won 6-1, 6-2 at court No. 3 while Powell won 6-1, 6-1 at court No. 2. Senior Brooke Gruber closed out her match on the No. 5 court with a 7-5, 6-3 victory, to lead App State to its first team win on the young 2024 season.

Results vs Queens

Doubles
Katsiaryna Tuliakova/Grace Tomegah (Queens) def. Naledi Manyube/Savannah Dada-Mascoll (APP) 6-3
Maggie Pate/Taya Powell (APP) def. Jessica Maras/Lucy Hogan (Queens) 6-1
Riley Collins/Brooke Gruber (APP) def. Aubrey Serb/No player (Queens) by forfeit

Singles
Katsiaryna Tuliakova (Queens) def. Savanah Dada-Mascoll (APP) 7-5,7-5
Taya Powell (APP) def. Jessica Maras (Queens) 6-1, 6-1
Maggie Pate (APP) def. Lucy Hogan (Queens) 6-0, 6-2
Naledi Manyube (APP) def. Grace Tomegah (Queens) 6-0, 6-0
Brooke Gruber (APP) def. Aubrey Serb (Queens) 7-5, 6-3
Riley Collins (APP) def. No player (Queens) by forfeit