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Brand collects win in regular-season finale

Sophomore victorious in singles and doubles

April 16, 2011 · Athletic Communications

DENTON, Texas - Sophomore Lexi Brand managed the lone Middle Tennessee point Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Raider women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Troy in neutral-site action in Denton, Texas. The contest was the regular-season finale for Middle Tennessee.

"We will have to regroup and refocus before heading to Mobile this week," head coach Melissa Schaub said. "We played better today than yesterday but a lot of work needs to be done if we want to accomplish great things this week."

Brand, in her first season with the Blue Raiders, posted the lone singles win for Middle Tennessee (7-10). She tallied a 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 (ret.) victory over Lyubov Dorofeeva at the No. 4 position.

It took three sets to decide the points in the top-two singles spots with the Troy (11-12) players registering triumphs both times.

Brand also was a part of the lone Blue Raider doubles victory, as she teamed with junior Marietta Bigus for an 8-7 (10-8) win against Olfa Dhaoui and Rosaura Ramirez-Vega during the No. 2 meeting.

Middle Tennessee will return to action when it heads to Mobile, Ala., for the Sun Belt Championships. The Blue Raiders' opponent and match time will be announced at a later date.

Troy 6, Middle Tennessee 1

Singles
No. 1 Karoline Grymel (TROY) def. Yuiri Nomoto (MT) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
No. 2 Olfa Dhaoui (TROY) def. Carla Nava (MT) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
No. 3 Leonie Guijt (TROY) def. Marietta Bigus (MT) 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 Lexi Brand (MT) def. Lyubov Dorofeeva (TROY) 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 (ret.)
No. 5 Rosaura Ramirez-Vega (TROY) def. Taylor Coffey (MT) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Gabriella Veiga (TROY) def. Alex Dachos (MT) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles
No. 1 Grymel/Guijt (TROY) def. Coffey/Nomoto (MT) 8-6
No. 2 Brand/Bigus (MT) def. Dhaoui/Ramirez-Vega (TROY) 8-7 (10-8)
No. 3 Dorofeeva/Veiga (TROY) def. Dachos/Nava (MT) 8-4

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