@patriotstennis sails through to #ASCtennis semifinals

Thursday, April 21, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler Patriots cruised into the American Southwest Conference Women’s Tennis Championship semifinals with a 5-0 win over Sul Ross State on Thursday at the Summers Tennis Center in the fourth and final match of the first day of the tournament.

No. 33-ranked UT Tyler (19-3) will play Texas-Dallas at 2 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals after the Comets also picked up a 5-0 win over Ozarks on Thursday, while on the other side of the bracket both Hardin-Simmons and East Texas Baptist both advanced with sweeps as well. The Tigers and Cowgirls will play at 10:30 a.m. on Friday in the other semifinal with the winners to advance to a championship match at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The Patriots, who have won the past two championships, jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Lobos by sweeping the doubles matches. Mary Alice Blacketer and Tori Musngi earned an 8-2 win in first doubles to improve to 16-6 on the season, while Nicole Musngi and Alexandra McKissick earned an 8-3 second doubles win. The freshman-senior team is now 17-3 as doubles partners, while Kaitlyn Huskey and Lauren Kuhn are now 19-1 on the season together after breezing to an 8-0 third doubles win.

Blacketer made quick work in first singles, taking a 6-0, 6-1 win over SRSU’s Alexa Gallardo with Huskey clinching the match with a 6-0, 6-0 sixth singles win over Jaedyn Gutierrez. Blacketer has now won 13 singles matches this season, while Huskey made a rare singles appearance and is now 2-0. With Blacketer and Huskey making quick work of their opponent, the remaining four matches were stopped with the Patriots winning 5-0. While the matches ended before conclusion, Tori Musngi, Nicole Musngi, Lauren Kuhn and Janae Warren each had commanding leads in matches that are recorded as unfinished.

Sul Ross ends its season with a 4-14 record, while the Patriots move on to face the Comets on Friday. UT Tyler, which has won six of its last seven matches, is looking to win the eighth ASC Championship in program history and will be playing UTD for the first time this season.