Coyote women’s tennis wins 2nd straight

SARTELL, MN – The South Dakota women's tennis team evened its season record at 3-3 with a 7-0 win over St. Cloud State in nonconference action Sunday in Sartell, MN. The win was the second straight for the Coyotes.

 "The ladies played very well in doubles. There was a sense of urgency," South Dakota head coach Malcolm Gilreath said. "After we won the doubles point, the ladies fought hard in singles against a St. Cloud State team that is ranked sixth in the North Central Region in Division II. The depth of our team really showed today."

The Coyotes won all three doubles matches in impressive fashion to earn the doubles team point. Seniors Shadi Soleymani (Vasteras, Sweden) and Alena Sergeychik (Moscow, Russia) earned an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Michelle Elkin (Omaha, Neb.) and freshman Nina Barudzic (Kragujevac, Serbia) team up for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Junior Veronika Makashov (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and freshman Yamini Reddy (Bangalore, India) rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles.

Elkin, Sergeychik, Soleymani, Makashov and Reddy all earned straight-set wins in singles for the Coyotes. Barudzic fought hard to a three-set win at No. 4 singles to help the Coyotes complete the match sweep.

The Coyotes' resume action on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Bradley.

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