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Emily Niers returns serves in the Bobcats most recent home game. Texas State kicks off conference play at home against James Madison on Friday and Old Dominion on Sunday
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Bobcat Tennis open up conference play at home against both James Madison and Old Dominion over the weekend

Friday, March 10, 2023

Texas State opens conference play at home Texas State opens conference play this weekend beginning with James Madison Friday, March 10 at 1 p.m. and No. 24 Old Dominion on Sunday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.

This will be the first meeting between Texas State and two of the four newest members in the Sun Belt Conference.

Texas State (4-5) is on a three-match win streak on their home courts. The Bobcats ended its eight-match doubles point drought after Kate Malazonia and Mae Mc-Cutcheon clinched the point on the top court. That was the first doubles point win since the season opener.

Malazonia and Mc-Cutcheon improved to 4-5 on the top court and have won two consecutive matches after they defeated the Big East Doubles Team of the Week in their last outing.

Kiana Graham on line one and Kate Malazonia on line three both have a three-match win streak, and Sofia Fortuno has a 5-1 record with four consecutive wins on line six.

About James Madison

James Madison (4-4) enters Friday’s match with five back-to-back road matches and a 2-4 road record with a recent 4-1 loss to No. 43 Penn State.

JMU’s Ines Oliveira and Daria Afanasyeva have claimed Sun Belt Tennis Player of the Week honors this season. Daria Munteanu leads the Dukes in singles with a near perfect 6-1 record on court five.

In doubles James Madison has won the opening point in five of their matches. All three of Dukes’ doubles pairs have a win streak going into the match against Texas State, including line three duo Daria Afanasyeva and Reka Matko with a 4 1 record.

Friday’s match at 1 p.m. between Texas State and James Madison can be heard on KTSW 89.9 FM.

About Old Dominion

No. 24 Old Dominion (5-4) has an ITA ranked singles player, No. 21 Tatsiana Sasnouskaya and No. 29 doubles team Sasnouskaya and Sofia Johnson with a 5-2 record on the top court. Sasnouskaya earned her third Sun Belt Player of the Week honor after defeating her fourth nationally ranked opponent and has a 5-3 record on court one.

Alesya Yakubovich and Shahar Biran are 3-4 on the bottom doubles court and a three-match win streak.

The Monarchs four losses of the season came from nationally ranked opponent.

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