NCAA Womens Tennis

Nittany Lions Earned a Win in First Spring Match Over Xavier, 5-2

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State women’s tennis team emerged victorious in their first match of the spring season against Xavier on Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions beat the Musketeers, 5-2.
“We’re really proud of the team,” said head coach Alexandra Anghelescu. “The team came out with a new energy and a new mission that we haven’t experienced here at Penn State before. Xavier came out firing and ready for vengeance after last year. Our girls didn’t waver at all. They challenged us and we accepted the challenge, and we were successful. This is a great start for our season. I’m excited for what more matches can bring. Now we can take that confidence from the match and use it for tomorrow because tomorrow is going to be another battle.”
Xavier took wins on courts one and three to clinch the first point of the match.
Carla Girbau and Ioana Gheorghita earned a win over Imani Graham and Abigail Siminski, 6-1, on court two. 
Sofiya Chekhlyastova and Olivia Dorner fell to Kat Lyman and Abby Nugent in a hard-fought match, 7-5. Alexandra Nielsen and Alina Lebedeva also lost their doubles match against Emily Flowers and Paulina Franco Martinessi, 6-3.
When it came to singles play, the Nittany Lions took over the match.
Sofiya Chekhlystova defeated Imani Graham, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.
In a though fought match, Carla Girbau won against Abby Nugent, in the match at No. 3, to clinch the match point for Penn State, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. 
Ioana Gheorghita easily earned the Blue and White a singles win vs. Abigail…

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