Tennis finishes up regular season and prepares for Sun Belt Championship

Wally Pendergrass

Staff Writer 

The men’s and women’s tennis teams finished up their seasons this past week and are now getting ready to play in the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The women went 2-1 this week and finished their season at 14-7 overall and 3-1 in the Sun Belt. The men went 1-1 and finished their season with an 8-16 record and 0-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The women lost a tough match 5-2 at Samford University, who is 17-2 overall and 12-0 at home this season. However the team rebounded with wins against both UAB and ULM in Birmingham. The women’s doubles ace team of sophomores Trang Huynh and Anja Cosovic picked up three more victories which moves their record to 17-2 on the season. The duo has won 16 straight matches.

On the singles’ side of things, Huynh won three more matches running her consecutive total up to 10 and she is 17-4 on the season. Cosovic won two matches and moved her record to 17-3 this season in singles.

Senior Lyubov Dorofeeva saw her six-match win streak come to an end when she had to withdraw in her match at Samford. Dorofeeva would get a singles win against UAB and was ahead against ULM when the match was called.

“The team really played with good intensity this weekend and they’re playing well at the right time,” head coach Rawia Elsisi said.  “ULM and we both wanted to win this match before next week’s conference tournament, and I’m proud that we got the win.”

The men lost a close 5-2 match against UAB and won 4-3 over Columbus State, who is ranked No. 14 in the NCAA Division II. The Trojans took the doubles point against UAB but dropped the first next three singles matches before sophomore Gabriel Sciacca Dias got his fifth straight singles win and his second singles win over a ranked opponent to pull the Trojans to 3-2. The Blazers would win the last two singles matches which went three sets.

On senior day, Friday, April 11, the Trojans would send off Tadju Davies, Mansingh Athare, Tommy Cundy, and Sami Ghorbel as winners after a tightly contested match against Columbus State. Ghorbel and freshman Pablo Moreno clinched the doubles point for Troy when they defeated the No. 10 ranked doubles team in Division II of Marco Almorin and Adi Malicbegovic.

After CSU got a singles victory, sophomore Daniel Bustamante got the Trojans back on top winning singles match No. 4 2-1. Ghorbel would win his match and Dias would grab his sixth straight win as he defeated the No. 31 ranked Division II singles player Oussama Zoghlami.

The Trojans now get ready to travel on Wednesday, April 16, to New Orleans and prepare for the Sun Belt Conference Championships which starts Thursday, April 17.

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