Tonani leads Spartans Against Kennesaw State, But Owls Prevail

Tonani leads Spartans Against Kennesaw State, But Owls Prevail

Spartanburg, S.C. – Maria Tonani claimed a win at No. 6 singles, but Kennesaw State won the doubles point and five singles matches to take a 6-1 victory in A-Sun women's tennis action Friday afternoon at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

Tonani (Lima, Peru) led the Spartans on the day. She claimed a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kelsey Kennedy at the No. 6 singles position to give Upstate a point in the team match. However, Kennesaw State won all three doubles matches and five of the six singles outings to take the win.

"Our girls came out ready at play and knew that we needed to win both matches this weekend to put us in a strong position for a spot in the A-Sun Tournament," said Upstate head coach Oliver Trittentwein. "We have one senior on the team (Ana-Sofia Camberos) who's only chance to go to the tournament is this year and our girls want to do that for her.

"We knew Kennesaw State was a good team and they have won some matches against good teams this year in and out of the conference. We had opportunities in doubles and in some of our singles matches, but just didn't deliver. We now have to turn our attention to Mercer tomorrow and hope to get a win to keep us in the picture for postseason play."

The doubles competition was close and set the tone for the entire match. Kennesaw State's Alexandra Apostu and Virginie Stein took a thrilling 9-8 victory over Talia Rojas (Lima, Peru) and Isabel von Stryk (Holm, Germany) at the No. 1 position. Jana Hueckinghaus and Tamara Plocher took an 8-5 victory for Kennesaw State over Upstate's Tonani and Ana-Sofia Camberos (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) at the No. 3 doubles spot. The Owls made it a sweep with an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doublles by Vera Shkundina and Therese Lagerkvist over the Spartans' Julie Bell (Lubbock, Texas) and Hannah Al-Sakati (Duisburg, Germany).

In singles play, Kennesaw State won in singles matches 1-5 with the first four spots being decided in straight sets. Shkundina started things off with a 6-3, 6-3 win over von Stryk at No. 1 singles. Apostu took a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Rojas at the No. 2 position. Stein claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win over Bell at No. 3 singles, while Hueckinghaus recorded a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Al-Sakati at the fourth spot.

Camberos opened her match at no. 5 singles by taking the first set, 6-4. However, Lagerkvist battled back for Kennesaw State and took the second set by a 6-3 score. She then won the match with a 10-5 victory in the tiebreaker set. 

Kennesaw State 5, USC Upstate 2

1. Vera Shkundina (KSU) def. Isabel von Stryk (UPST); 6-3, 6-3
2. Alexandra Apostu (KSU) def. Talia Rojas (UPST); 6-2, 6-3
3. Virginie Stein (KSU) def. Julie Bell (UPST); 6-1, 6-1
4. Jana Hueckinghaus (KSU) def. Hannah Al-Sakati (UPST); 6-2, 6-3
5. Therese Lagerkvist (KSU) def. Ana-Sofia Camberos (UPST); 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
6. Maria Tonani (UPST) def. Kelsey Kennedy (KSU); 6-0, 6-2

1. Alexandra Apostu/Virginie Stein (KSU) def. Talia Rojas/Isabel von Stryk (UPST); 9-8
2. Vera Shkundina/Therese Lagerkvist (KSU) def. Julie Bell/Hannah Al-Sakati (UPST); 8-4
3. Jana Hueckinghaus/Tamara Plocher (KSU) def. Maria Tonani/Ana-Sofia Camberos (UPST); 8-5
Kennesaw State: 12-6, 4-2 A-Sun
USC Upstate: 6-13, 3-4 A-Sun
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