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Blue Raiders down C-USA foe UAB, 5-2

William improves to 3-0 in singles action

February 1, 2014 · @MTAthletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Middle Tennessee women's tennis rebounded with a 5-2 victory over Conference USA foe UAB on Saturday inside the Samford Tennis Center.

The Blue Raiders (2-1) won the crucial doubles point and collected four singles victories to secure their second win of the season. UAB fell to 1-2 on the year.

"I'm proud of the way we bounced after a tough loss last night," said head coach Shelley Godwin. "We went to work on each court and put ourselves in positions to be successful."

In doubles action, the MT No. 3 tandem of Sarah Sediri and Flavia Nagayama won 6-2 over UAB's Pardis Kianoush and Paula Castro. The Blue Raiders won the match when Nayara Moraes/Irina Constantinide collected a 6-3 decision over Catherine Ragon/Amy Lowther in the second spot. UAB's Rachel Daniell and Elaine Simon claimed the lone doubles win with a 7-6 (6) victory over Middle Tennessee's top duo of Tiffany William and Jesse Grace.

Middle Tennessee used four consecutive victories in singles action to claim a second victory. Grace easily downed Lowther, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 singles. The junior Moraes defeated Ragon (6-2, 6-3) at No. 3, while William's 7-5, 6-0 straight-set win over Daniell sealed the Blue Raider victory. William is an unblemished 3-0 in the top singles spot.

Constantinide earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Simon at the No. 5 position. UAB's Kianoush won in a tie-break, 6-3, 1-6, 10-3 over Nagayama. Meanwhile, Sediri lost the No. 6 singles match to Casto, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7.

The Raiders return home for a pair of matches next weekend in Nashboro Village. On Friday, Feb. 7, MT hosts Austin Peay in a 2 p.m. contest. Middle Tennessee returns to Nashville on Feb. 9 in an 11 a.m. contest versus Lipscomb.

Middle Tennessee 5, UAB 2

Singles competition

1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Rachel Daniell (UAB) 7-5, 6-0
2. Jesse Grace (MT) def. Amy Lowther (UAB) 6-2, 6-1
3. Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Catherine Ragon (UAB) 6-2, 6-3
4. Pardis Kianoush (UAB) def. Flavia Nagayama (MT) 6-3, 1-6, 10-3
5. Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Elaine Simon (UAB) 6-2, 6-1
6. Paula Castro (UAB) def. Sarah Sediri (MT) 7-5, 3-6, 10-7

Doubles competition

1. Rachel Daniell/Elaine Simon (UAB) def. Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (MT) 7-6 (6-0)
2. Nayara Moraes/Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Catherine Ragon/Amy Lowther (UAB) 6-3
3. Sarah Sediri/Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Pardis Kianoush/Paula Castro (UAB) 6-2

Match Notes:

Middle Tennessee 2-1
UAB 1-2

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