Coyote women’s tennis downs St. Joseph

The South Dakota women's tennis team extended its winning streak to eight matches with a 6-1 win over St. Joseph's (PA) Tuesday in Orlando, FL. The Coyotes moved to 9-3 on the season with the victory.

"The ladies played very well and were very aggressive in doubles and we ended up with a positive result," South Dakota head coach Malcolm Gilreath said. "We continue to work hard in our singles matches and we played well today."

The Coyotes took the team doubles point, winning all three matches.  Senior Alena Sergeychik (Moscow, Russia) and senior Shadi Soleymani (Vasteras, Sweden) earned an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Michelle Elkin (Omaha, NE) and freshman Nina Barudzic (Kragujevac, Serbia) won 8-6 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.

South Dakota also won five of six singles matches on the day. Sergeychik, Soleymani, Barudzic, Makashov and Reddy all won in straight sets to help the Coyotes cap off the win.  South Dakota now has four singles players with 16 wins or more on the season: Reddy (20-4), Makashov (19-5), Sergeychik (18-8) and Soleymani (16-5).

The Coyotes are back in action Thursday against Presbyterian.

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