Blue Raiders dominate in regular-season finale win

Middle Tennessee wins 10th match of the campaign

April 18, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's tennis team made quick work of visiting Western Kentucky Sunday afternoon, dropping only three games in singles and three in doubles in a 7-0 victory at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

"I am thrilled about the way we ended our regular season play," head coach Alison Ojeda said. "We have worked all season long to prepare for the conference tournament and have challenged the team to make sure we are playing our best tennis come this week. I believe we are and most importantly, so does our team."

On a beautiful Senior Day, the Blue Raiders closed the regular season in style by winning each of the nine matches easily and never being threatened by their rivals. The two Middle Tennessee (10-9) seniors, Natalie Araya and Anna Djananova, were recognized for their on and off court accomplishments prior to the match.

"Thank you to everyone for their support on Senior Day. Natalie and Anna have really stepped up and led the way to what has been our most successful regular season in the last five years."

The dominance started in doubles action as the Blue Raiders swept through all three contests. Marietta Bigus and Carla Nava defeated Leanne Caplinger and Katrina Vucina 8-2 at the No. 1 position, while Djananova and Yuiri Nomoto knocked off Lauren Arnold and Jessi Brown, 8-1, in the No. 2 match.

The doubles sweep was complete with an 8-1 victory by Araya and Taylor Coffey over Alicia DiTommaso and Megan Stephens in the No. 3 matchup.

Singles action went just as smoothly for Middle Tennessee, as it held Western Kentucky (8-7) to just three game wins in the straight-set dominance. Three Blue Raiders: Djananova, Bigus and Nomoto each were triumphant without dropping a game, all winning 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2, 3 and 5 positions, respectively.

Nava and Alex Dachos, at the No. 1 and 6 respective spots, captured 6-1, 6-0 wins, while at No. 4, Araya earned a 6-0, 6-1 decision.

Middle Tennessee will travel to New Orleans, La., for the Sun Belt Championships, beginning Thursday. The Blue Raiders' seed and first opponent will be determined at a later date.

Middle Tennessee 7, Western Kentucky 0

No. 1 Carla Nava (MT) def. Katrina Vucina (WKU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Anna Djananova (MT) def. Leanne Caplinger (WKU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Marietta Bigus (MT) def. Megan Stephens (WKU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Natalie Araya (MT) def. Lauren Arnold (WKU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Yuiri Nomoto (MT) def. Jessi Brown (WKU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 Alex Dachos (MT) def. Alicia DiTommaso (WKU) 6-1, 6-0

No. 1 Bigus/Nava (MT) def. Caplinger/Vucina (WKU) 8-2
No. 2 Djananova/Nomoto (MT) def. Arnold/Brown (WKU) 8-0
No. 3 Taylor Coffey/Araya (MT) def. DiTommaso/Stephens (WKU) 8-1

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