Women’s tennis power past Dartmouth

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The women’s tennis team extended their four-game winning streak in a 6-1 win over the Dartmouth Big Green.

Head coach Lee Walker said the Frogs played nearly a complete match with a sharp doubles performance and a sweep across all six courts in the opening set of singles, but the team began to struggle as the match dragged on.

“It’s kind of like boxing that in if you get distracted, you can get hit pretty hard,” Walker said.

In doubles, the Frogs quickly gained leads across all three courts with Chloe Hule and Stevie Kennedy finishing first with a 6-1 win.

Ellie Douglas and Aleksa Cveticanin clinched the doubles point on the top court, making it the duo’s sixth straight doubles victory. Douglas and Cveticanin jumped to the No. 27 spot in the latest Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) doubles rankings.

Douglas carried her momentum into singles with a demanding 6-0, 6-0 victory on the top court. Douglas also came in at No. 112 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings.

“Ellie is easily 20 in the country,” Walker said. “She didn’t play in the fall season, but she could climb all the way between now and May.”

Fellow first-year Mercedes Aristegui added her 15th singles win with her straight set victory over the Big Green’s Nina Paripovic.  

“Mercedes is great, and she brings great energy to each match,” Walker said. “She’s a great athlete and we just need to keep her focused.”

Walker said he noticed the team beginning to check out as the Frogs lost some leads in the second set of singles.

“When you win the first set, you have to reset and completely disregard it. It’s like you’re starting a brand new match; for some people, that’s really hard to do,” Walker said.

Cveticanin and Kate Paulus ultimately pulled out wins despite a three-set battle on courts two and four. Walker said Cveticanin was battling a left leg injury after accidentally slipping into the splits during a match last weekend.

First-year Addy Guevara secured the match victory in a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 win on court six.

Up next, TCU will host Texas Tech Saturday to continue conference play. The Red Raiders edged the Frogs in a 4-3 win in Lubbock in February.

“It’s been hard to keep the girls focused on these past four matches because they’ve been so fired up for Tech, but I’m glad we got these wins,” Walker said.