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Appalachian State Women’s Tennis Earn Fifth Seed for Upcoming Sun Belt Tournament

Following its best regular season since 2019, App State Tennis finished in a tie for third place in the Sun Belt Conference standings and has earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

The 2023 Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Tournament will take place Wednesday-Saturday (Sunday will be utilized if inclement weather alters the schedule) in Peachtree City, Ga. (Peachtree City Tennis Center). As the No. 5 seed, App State will face 12th-seeded Georgia State at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The winner advances to play the winner between No. 4 Georgia Southern and No. 13 Southern Miss on Thursday.

App State, under the direction of third-year head coach Ashleigh Antal, finished the regular season with a 12-7 overall record and 8-3 mark in league play. It’s the team’s best overall and league records since 2019 and their second-best since joining the Sun Belt in 2014.

The Mountaineers tied with Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina for third in the final league standings at 8-3, but lost tiebreakers to both based on common opponents. App State did not face either the Eagles or the Chanticleers during the season.

The 1-2 punch of senior Helena Jansen and freshman Savannah Dada-Mascoll have led the Mountaineers throughout the 2023 campaign. Facing the best players in the Sun Belt and the team’s nonconference opponents, Jansen has racked up a 10-7 record at No. 1 singles, including a 5-4 mark in league matches. Dada-Mascoll, playing mostly at No. 2 singles, has an impressive 13-3 overall record and 8-2 conference record in her debut college season.

Other team members with a winning singles record in conference play include Erika Dodridge (5-2), Maggie Pate (5-4) and Virginia Poggi (5-1).

Pate and Poggi have combined for the best doubles duo with a 6-2 overall mark and 5-1 record in league matches.

App State took down Georgia State 4-0 when the two teams met in Atlanta on March 26.