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EAST GREENSBORO  – The North Carolina A&T women’s tennis team got their first win of the season by defeating the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion Morgan State, 4-3 at the Aggie Tennis Complex Tuesday. 

N.C. A&T (1-13, 1-1 MEAC) started the match with a little trouble as they lost the doubles point. Freshman Brenna Bryant was unable to play in singles due to an injury giving Morgan State a 2-0 lead.  Kaya Ellis came up short at No. 6 singles falling 6-0, 6-4 giving the Bears a 3-0 lead. But the Aggies came roaring back.

Senior Angelica Martinez, who played at the No. 2 spot on Tuesday, defeated Dana Santiago 7-5, 6-2 for her second singles win of the season. Freshman Marlene Estenssoro got the Aggies their second win with a 7-6 (7-4) defeat of Averiana Mitchell.

Senior Fabiano Ramirez at No. 1 singles tied the match at 3 with 6-4, 7-5 victory over Peggy Rooke. With all the attention turned to court No. 3, junior Renata Ruiz battled  Asmara Rose. The winner would determine the match's winner. With Rose taking the first set 6-1 and Ruiz fought back to win the second set 6-3.  With Ruiz leading 5-4,  Rose won the next point to tie the set. Ruiz wasted no time in taking the next point to go up 6-5 and quieting down what was an excited Bears contingent. Rose's next shot went wide and out of bounds giving Ruiz the 7-5 triumph. 

N.C. A&T will return to action 4 p.m., Friday, March 22 at Savannah State.

N.C. A&T 4, Morgan State 3
Mar 19, 2019 at Greensboro, N.C. 

Singles competition

1. RAMIREZ, Fabiana (NCATW) def. ROOKE,Peggy (MSUW) 6-4, 7-5

2. MARTINEZ, Angelica (NCATW) def. SANTIAGO,Dana (MSUW) 7-5, 6-2

3. RUIZ, Renata (NCATW) def. ROSE,Asmara (MSUW) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

4. ESTENSSORO, Marlene (NCATW) def. MITCHELL,Averiana (MSUW) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

5. YEHOUENOU,Oriane (MSUW) def. BRYANT, Brenna (NCATW), by default

6. WALLACE,Jourdan (MSUW) def. ELLIS, Kaya (NCATW) 6-0, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. RAMIREZ, Fabiana/MARTINEZ, Angelica (NCATW) vs. ROSE,Asmara/ROOKE,Peggy (MSUW) 4-5, unfinsished

2. MITCHELL,Averiana/WALLACE,Jourdan (MSUW) def. RUIZ, Renata/ESTENSSORO, Marlene (NCATW) 6-2

3. SANTIAGO,Dana/YEHOUENOU,Oriane (MSUW) def. BRYANT, Brenna/ELLIS, Kaya (NCATW) 6-0


Match Notes

Morgan State 2-8, 0-0 MEAC

N.C. A&T 1-13, 0-1 MEAC

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,4,1,3)