Mav tennis falls in NSIC tournament

Mashburn (above) finished the season with an individual record of 12-4. (Courtesy of Minnesota State Athletics)

The Minnesota State women’s tennis team had their season come to an end this past weekend.

The Mavericks played Saturday April 23 in the first round of the NSIC Tournament. MSU took on the Minnesota State University, Moorhead Dragons and loss by a score of 2-5.

The loss to the Dragons took the Mavs out of the tournament and finished their 2015-16 season. MSU’s overall record for the season ended at an even .500 with nine wins and nine losses. The Dragon’s season will continue on with their record of 9-6.

The Mavericks were coming off a successful end of the season run with major wins against the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota, Crookston before falling to Moorhead.

Early on against the Dragons, MSU was doing very well. The Mavericks took two of the first three doubles matches to go up 2-1. Junior Melissa Mashburn and freshman Erin Streeter defeated MSUM’s Jade Goodyear-Anderson and Maria Moral Carretero in the number one doubles match of the day 8-3. Then senior Sarah McCann and sophomore Killian Doran beat Jessamy Jones and Ashley Wood 8-4 in the number two doubles match. The last double dual of the day was unsuccessful for the Mavericks as junior Abby Schmidt and sophomore Lisa Dobbelaere fell to Morgan Smith and Ricquel Ramsbottom 8-1.

Moving on to the singles matches, the Dragons won all four against the Purple and Gold. Mashburn played in the number one single match of the day against Jones and lost 3-6, 6-2 and 6-1. Then Streeter competed in the number two match and lost to Goodyear-Anderson 6-3 and 6-0. McCann fell to Smith 7-5 and 6-1. Finally MSUM’s Wood completed the singles sweep by defeating Dobbelaere 6-3 and 6-4.

The number three singles match played by Doran Carretero and the number six singles match played by MSU junior Katie Salinda and Ramsbottom went unfinished.

To end the season, Doran lead the Mavericks with an overall singles record of 12-5, followed by Streeter at 12-6, Dobbelaere with 10-8, Mashburn 5-13, McCann 5-11, Schmidt 4-9, Salinda 2-0, Erdman 0-2 and Riesselman 0-2. The total singles record for the Mavericks this season was 48-58 for final winning percentage of 45 percent.

On the doubles side of the season Mashburn and Streeter finished together with a MSU season best 12-4 record, followed by Doran and McCann at 6-8, McCann and Streeter with 1-1, Erdman and Mashburn 0-2, Dobbelaere and Schmidt 4-8, Doran and Schmidt 0-2, Dobbelaere and Salinda 0-3 and Salinda and Schmidt 0-1. The ending doubles record for the Purple and Gold’s season is 24-30 for a similar ending win percentage of 44 percent.

In NSIC play, the Mavericks finished at 7-4, 3-1 in the region, 4-2 at home and 1-2 away. On neutral sites, the Mavs finished 4-5 and against regionally ranked teams, they were 0-1.

The Mavericks will be saying goodbye to their lone senior Sarah McCann, an Owatonna native, next year. Danni Barr, Maddie Kleine, Mashburn, Salinda and Schmidt will all be seniors next season with plenty of experience under their belts.

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