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March 31, 2013

VSU tennis teams split with Concordia

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Valdosta State jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles, and defeated No. 48 Concordia 5-2 in women’s tennis action on Saturday.

Jennifer Rink and Jessica Tuggle got VSU’s first point. They defeated Alla Kravchuk and Camilla Xavier 8-1 at No. 3, while 24th-ranked Luisa Candido and Yuliya Plevako topped Michelle Fischer and Julianna Boehm 8-2 to even the match. Alina Nagel and Laura Ubeda put the Blazers back in front with an 8-3 win over Linda Eliasson and Ana Mendes at No. 2.

Ubeda pushed the VSU lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win Plevako at No. 4, but Candido topped Rink 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3. No. 26 Fischer defeated Kravchuk 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1. Then Boehm closed out the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Mendes at No. 5.

In the men’s match, 10th-ranked Concordia jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, and defeated Valdosta State 5-0.

Concordia won all three doubles points to claim the early lead. David Tisserand and Andreas Lindell opened the scoring with an 8-2 win over Joachim Schemm and Andrew Harvin at No. 3. Eighth-ranked Andrey Boldarev and Daniele Piludu topped fifth-ranked Konstantin Kutschenko and Mario Navarro 8-5 at No. 1. Tomasz Olfans and Benas Majauskas closed out doubles with an 8-6 win over Taamo Haake and Sebastian Jasyk at No. 2.

No. 14 Piludu put Concordia on the edge of victory with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Schemm at No. 2 singles. Majauskas topped Jasyk 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 to close out the match.

Valdosta State returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Georgia Southwestern at 2 p.m. at the VSU Tennis Courts.

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