Blue Raiders open 2014 with victory over Evansville

Moraes, Nagayama and William led MT in season-opening win

January 25, 2014 · @MTAthletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee women's tennis opened the spring slate with a 4-3 victory over Evansville on Saturday inside Nashboro Village. The season-opening victory was the first for the Blue Raiders since 2010.

The Raiders (1-0) easily claimed the doubles point before winning three of the first four singles points to claim the victory. The trio of Nayara Moraes, Flavia Nagayama and Tiffany William went undefeated in action on Saturday.

Nagayama and Sarah Sediri swept Evansville's (0-1) Marina Moreno and Mina Milovic 6-0 at No. 3 doubles to win the first of two required points. MT claimed the doubles point when the tandem of Irina Constantinide and Moraes won 7-5 over Kelsey Costales and Andjela Brquljan. MT's William and Jesse Grace won the No. 1 doubles match 7-5 over Natasha James/Marketa Trousilova.

In singles action, Nagayama won 6-3, 6-1 over Brquljan at the No. 4 spot. William won a straight-set 6-2, 6-4 over James in the top singles match. Evansville won the first point of the evening when Trousilova knocked off Grace 6-3, 7-5.

Moraes helped the Blue Raiders clinch the victory with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Moreno. The Purple Aces bounced back as Costales defeated Constantinide (6-3, 6-3) at No. 5 and Milovic won (4-6, 6-3, 10-2) over Sediri.

Middle Tennessee returns to action next Friday, Jan. 31 at Samford.

Middle Tennessee 4, Evansville 3

Singles competition

1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Natasha James (UE) 6-2, 6-4
2. Marketa Trousilova (UE) def. Jesse Grace (MT) 6-3, 7-5
3. Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Marina Moreno (UE) 6-4, 6-4
4. Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Andjela Brquljan (UE) 6-3, 6-1
5. Kelsey Costales (UE) def. Irina Constantinide (MT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Mina Milovic (UE) def. Sarah Sediri (MT) 4-6, 6-3, 10-2

Doubles competition

1. Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (MT) def. Natasha James/Marketa Trousilova (UE) 7-5
2. Irina Constantinide/Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Kelsey Costales/Andjela Brquljan (UE) 7-5
3. Flavia Nagayama/Sarah Sediri (MT) def. Marina Moreno/Mina Milovic (UE) 6-0

Match Notes:

Evansville 0-1
Middle Tennessee 1-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,1,2,3,5,6)
T-4 hrs A-15

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