RECAP: @patriotstennis advances to ASC finals

Friday, April 28, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

ABILENE – With the match tied at four, Alexandra McKissick earned a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 fourth singles win to lift the UT Tyler Patriots to a 5-4 American Southwest Conference Women’s Tennis Championship semifinal win over UT Dallas on Friday at the Streich Tennis Complex.

The Patriots (13-8) advance to play East Texas Baptist in the finals after the Tigers secured a 5-3 win over Hardin-Simmons in the second semifinal of the day.

UT Tyler trailed 2-1 after doubles play against the Comets (5-8) but battled back in singles play to advance to the finals where they will be playing for their fourth straight ASC title.

“First off, great match from UTD,” UT Tyler coach Joe Vann said. “Their girls fought hard and played great tennis today. What I am most proud of is our fight. UTD played great doubles today and put us in a hole, but our girls stayed calm and battled back through some tough singles matches. Tomorrow for the championship, I want them to bring that same fighting attitude. We battle like that on the court and we have a great chance to win another conference championship.”

Savannah Seely and McKissick secured the only UT Tyler doubles win with an 8-0 decision to start the day to improve to 11-3 on the season. McKissick’s day would be capped by the dramatic three-set win with everyone watching and the match tied. The match arrived at 4-4 with Seely and Emily Danielson securing 6-0, 6-0 wins in fifth and sixth singles to give the Patriots a 3-2 lead. Tori Musngi would add another singles win with a 6-4, 6-2 decision in second singles.

Musngi is now 11-4 on the season going into Saturday’s championship final.