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Women's Tennis Starts Weekend Off With 6-1 Win Over Texas State

Bruce Butler

Kira Matushkina celebrates a point in her win on Saturday

NORFOLK, Va. – The 69th-ranked Old Dominion women's tennis team opened a home weekend of Sun Belt Conference play with a 6-1 win over Texas State inside at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
"Strong performance from our entire squad today. I'm happy with our continued growth as a team. It was great to have Kira back out there. Kudos to her and the athletic training staff for a quick and focused recovery process," said ODU Head Coach Dominic Manilla.
In doubles, the Monarchs dropped the opening game at each spot but roared back to claim the team point. Alexandra Viktorovitch and Ulyana Romanova won 6-1 at No. 2 over Jadeh Chan and Mae McCutcheon. Sofia Johnson and Lidiia Rasskouskaia clinched the point with a 6-1 win over Sofia Fortuno and Maria Lora.
Singles saw the Monarchs get rolling as Johnson scored a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kiana Graham at No. 1 and Rasskouskaia took a 6-2, 6-1 win over Andrea Pineda at No. 5 for a 3-0 lead.
Viktorovitch clinched the win at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Emily Niers to lead 4-0. Romanova immediately followed with a 6-4 ,6-1 win at No. 6 over Lora to push the lead to 5-0.
Kira Matushkina, returning to action after missing last couple weeks with mononucleosis, took the ODU lead to 6-0 after a 6-4, 6-3 win over Fortuno at No. 4. Allison Isaacs trailed 4-1 in the second set after losing the opener 6-4 and put on a comeback taking the next five games to even the match at No. 2 with a 6-4 tally. The third-set tiebreaker saw Callie Creath pull away late for a 10-7 win.
ODU (7-5, 3-0) is back in action on Sunday morning with Louisiana at 10 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
Texas State vs Old Dominion
3/23/2024 at Norfolk, Va.
(Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)
#69 Old Dominion 6, Texas State 1
Singles competition
1. Sofia Johnson (ODU-W) def. Kiana Graham (TXST) 6-1, 6-1
2. Callie Creath (TXST) def. Allison Isaacs (ODU-W) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
3. AlexandraViktorovich (ODU-W) def. Emily Niers (TXST) 6-3, 6-1
4. Kira Matushkina (ODU-W) def. Sofia Fortuno (TXST) 6-4, 6-3
5. Lidiia Rasskouskaia (ODU-W) def. Andrea Pineda (TXST) 6-2, 6-1
6. Ulyana Romanova (ODU-W) def. Maria Lora (TXST) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Sofia Johnson/Lidiia Rasskouskaia (ODU-W) def. Sofia Fortuno/Maria Lora (TXST) 6-1
2. AlexandraViktorovich/Ulyana Romanova (ODU-W) def. Jadeh Chan/Mae McCutcheon (TXST) 6-1
3. Allison Isaacs/Kira Matushkina (ODU-W) vs. Emma Carr/Emily Niers (TXST) 4-2, unfinished
Match Notes:
Texas State 8-3, 2-1
Old Dominion 7-5, 3-0; National ranking #69
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,3,6,4,2)