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Maggie Pate
Maggie Pate won at number three singles , 6-4, 7-5.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Tennis Wins Over Southern Miss

After dropping the doubles point, App State went on a tear with six straight singles wins to claim a 6-1 victory over Southern Miss on Sunday at the Watauga High School tennis courts.

The Mountaineers made it a perfect 2-0 weekend and improved to 10-6 overall and 7-2 in Sun Belt Conference matches. It’s the most conference wins for App State since its 2018-19 championship season when it finished with a league-best 9-1 record.

“It was a great bounceback, really proud of that effort,” said head coach Ashleigh Antal about recovering in singles after the doubles point. “It took us a little time to adjust, but once we got into it, we really did our job and trusted the process.”

Straight-set wins went to Helena Jansen on court one (7-5, 6-1), Savannah Dada-Mascoll on court two (7-6, 6-0), Maggie Pate on court three (6-0, 6-0) and Olwyn Ryan-Bovey on court six (6-3, 6-0). Virginia Poggi’s opponent retired after Poggi got up 4-0 on court five. On court four, Erika Dodridge bounced back from losing the first set 6-1 to win the next two 6-1 and 6-4.

Southern Miss (6-10, 1-8) won the doubles point with 6-3 victories on courts one and two to open the day’s competition.

App State has three more regular-season matches on the schedule, including two against Sun Belt opponents. Next up is a home match against Marshall on Friday, followed by a quick trip to Radford for a nonconference tilt on Sunday.