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NMSU women’s tennis snags its first Conference USA victory

After several losses, the New Mexico State University women’s tennis team made a triumphant bounce back and snagged its first Conference USA victory over the weekend. The Aggies squared up against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and fought hard for a 4-2 victory on Friday, March 30 at the NM State Tennis Center, also marking the team’s final home match of the season. 

NMSU sophomore Valeriia Ivanovskaia celebrates a victory against Middle Tennessee at the NM State Tennis Center on Friday, March 30, 2024. Ivanovskaia went on to win 6-0, 6-2 in singles play. (Photo courtesy of NMSU Athletics)

The team started the day off with a solid set of performances, as the duo of sophomore Valeriia Ivanovskaia and senior Natsuki Nishimura skillfully maneuvered their way to a 6-1 win over the Blue Raiders, the pair’s third consecutive victory this season. This was followed up by the sophomore duo of Anna Pinaieva and Dora Kurdi, who bolstered a huge boost of momentum for the Aggies, clinching doubles for the team and finishing their match 6-3.  

Ivanovskaia continued to soar in singles play as she snagged another win 6-0, 6-2. Pinaieva also continued her winning streak with a 6-1, 6-1 victory.  

The Aggies’ success over the weekend comes after last week’s set of losses in Montana to both the University of Montana and Montana State. However, despite these overall losses, the Aggies still had an eventful time in Montana as Pinaieva’s performance earned her the honor of being named CUSA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, making her the first Aggie to receive a CUSA honor since the team joined the league last summer.  

With the weekend’s win under the team’s belt, the Aggies now stand 4-10 overall and 1-1 in conference matches, leaving the team ranking sixth overall in the CUSA standings.  

Next up for the Aggies is a face-off against Sam Houston State University on Thursday, April 4, as the team fights to secure another victory this season in its third CUSA match. The team will then have matches against Jacksonville State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio before facing off in a rivalry match against the University of Texas at El Paso for its fourth and final conference match before the CUSA Women’s Tennis Championship. 

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