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May 24th, 2019

wten plano day 1By IAN APPLEGATE

Seward sports information director

PLANO, Texas - The Seward County women's tennis team enters the 2019 spring season with high expectations after being ranked No. 5 in the ITA National Polls. They didn't dissappoint in their opening match, defeating the 7th ranked St. Petersburg Titans 6-3 Friday morning in Texas.

Seward started the morning by sweeping the doubles points. Eva Liu and Alisa Handrugan finished their match first with an 8-4 win over Karla Ortega and Maja Rulj in the No. 3 spot. Patricia Panta and Maria Aveiga wrapped up their battle in the No. 1 doubles spot with a decisive 8-4 win over Anastasiya Salenko and Saki Matsubara, before Sofia Belluco and Alena Macharovaescaped with a 9-7 win over Barbara Damiani and Ann Kathrin Wirlitsch in the No. 2 spot.

The Lady Saints split the singles matches, but it was enough to earn the team win over the Titans. Macharova picked up the win the in the No. 3 singles spot with a 6-2, 7-6(1) win over Ortega. Newcomer Belluco defeated St. Pete's Damiani 7-5, 6-4 in the No. 4 spot and sophomore Liu pulled out a hard-fought 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 win in the No. 6 spot over Rulj.

The Lady Saints will wrap up the Collin College Super Bash in Plano tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. when they face North Central Texas College.

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