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Tiger tennis drops match to Newman




The Tigers lost their fifth straight on Friday, but Fort Hays State University tennis coach Brian Flax was encouraged by what he saw at the FHSU courts.

"As a team, I thought we played pretty well today," Flax said after his Tigers lost 6-3 to Newman University.

Junior Brittney Shea and sophomore Amy Guilliams provided the Tigers their three wins. They teamed up to win No. 3 doubles, 8-3, then Shea won at No. 5 singles, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) and Williams won at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-2.

"It was good to see my No. 3 doubles team get a win," Flax said. "They've had some real close matches.

"I know they're real excited about going into the offseason, and getting a big win, to remember that," he added.

Fort Hays' No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Melissa Skovira and freshman Megan Quinley lost 8-2, and sophomore Lauren Johnson and freshman Zoie Young lost 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.

Skovira lost to Newman senior Laryssa Ferreira -- a transfer last year from Wichita State University -- at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1. Johnson lost 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while Quinley fell 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Young lost 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 4 singles.

Friday's dual was the last action of the fall for Fort Hays (1-5), which does have its second annual alumni match on Saturday.

"Overall, the brightest spot was the tremendous effort the kids gave today," Flax said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get a win, but I really like what I saw out there today."

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