KSU Tennis Dominates Alabama A&M and Alabama State

The KSU men’s and women’s tennis team had a strong week, crushing Alabama
A&M and Alabama State by a combined record of 27-1.

The men’s team grabbed their first two wins of the season by shutting out AAMU 7-0 then defeating ASU 6-1.

“We did an excellent job of handling very windy and cold conditions today,” said KSU head coach T.J. Greggs. “This team is performing well despite missing some key players right now, and people are stepping up. We

look forward to the challenge of competing against
UAB tomorrow.”

The Owls opened against Alabama A&M, securing the doubles points, the first of
the season. Freshman Tobi Menhofer and Louis Theodor defeated their doubles opponents 8-4 to continue their strong play at the No. 1 doubles position. Sophomore Alexander Pena and senior Gokalp Ozdemir posted an 8-1 win over their opponents,

while senior Nathan She and sophomore Matthew Johnson won by default as AAMU only had two doubles teams playing in the match.

The Owls defeated all five of their AAMU in singles play, with She winning by default. The men’s team carried their dominance over to ASU, winning all three doubles matches, and then claiming five of the six matches in singles play.

The women’s team followed in the men’s footsteps, adding to their three game win streak by claiming victories in every match against AAMU and ASU.

Sophomore Virginie Stein
and junior Alex Apostu
tallied two 8-1 wins at No. 1 doubles. Sophomores Jana Hueckinghaus and Tamara Plocher, and senior Therese Lagerkvist and frashman Isabela Castro won both of their double matches, sweeping all three for the Owls.

Stein, Hueckinghaus Plocher and Castro all registered a pair

of straight-set victories during single play, while Apostu earned a victory in three sets against AAMU. She did not compete against ASU, as Lagerkvist earned a come from behind victory against ASU to help
the Owls win all six of their single matches.

The teams will split up, as the men’s team continues its three-match road swing on Sunday, Feb. 17. They will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to take
on the University of Alabama Birmingham, while the women will face off against Georgia State on Friday, March 1.
in Atlanta.

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