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Maggie Pate
Maggie Pate picked up the lone point for the Mountaineers with a win in singles play.
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Appalachian State Tennis Rebounds With Win

App State Tennis returned to the win column with its 4-1 victory over Texas State on Saturday.

App State improved to 11-6 overall, 5-2 in Sun Belt Conference play and 7-1 at home, surpassing its home win total of six from a season ago. It is the second time in the Sun Belt era that App State has had seven home wins in a single season, matching the total from its inaugural season in 2015.

The Mountaineers won two of three doubles matches to secure the doubles point over the Bobcats (9-5, 3-3 SBC). On Court 2, the tandem of Maggie Pate and Taya Powell defeated Mae McCutcheon and Jadeh Chan 6-1. App State’s No. 3 pairing of Brooke Gruber and Savannah Dada-Mascoll clinched the doubles point after a 7-6 [7-5] tiebreak win.

App State kept the momentum going in singles play. Junior Olwyn Ryan-Bovey claimed the first win in singles action with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Texas State’s Emily Niers at the No. 3 position. Naledi Manyube improved to 9-4 in her first collegiate season by sweeping Sofia Fortuno 6-3, 6-3 in straight sets on Court 4 to bring App State within one singles victory of a team win.

Dada-Mascoll continued her impressive winning streak, bringing it to 14 consecutive matches, thanks to her 6-2, 6-3 win over Kiana Graham at No. 1.

The Mountaineers will hit the road for the final time this regular season, making stops at Southern Miss on Saturday, April 6, South Alabama on April 7 and Marshall on April 13. App State will conclude its 2024 regular season at home by hosting Old Dominion on April 20.

Results vs Texas State

Sofia Fortuno/Maria Lora (TXST) def. Olwyn Ryan-Bovey/Naledi Manyube (APP) 7-5
Maggie Pate/Taya Powell (APP) def. Mae McCutcheon/Jadeh Chan (TXST) 6-1
Brooke Gruber/Savannah Dada-Mascoll (APP) def. Emily Niers/Emma Carr (TXST) 7-6 [7-5] Singles
Savannah Dada-Mascoll (APP) def. Kiana Graham (TXST) 6-2, 6-3
Maggie Pate (APP) vs Callie Creath (TXST) 4-6, 6-1, unfinished
Olwyn Ryan-Bovey (APP) def. Emily Niers (TXST) 6-4, 6-1
Naledi Manyube (APP) def. Sofia Fortuno (TXST) 6-3, 6-3
Andrea Pineda (TXST) def. Brooke Gruber (APP) 6-2, 6-2
Brooke Demerath (APP) vs. Maria Lora (TXST) 5-7, 4-3 unfinished