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CCSU tennis team gets impressive win

From staff reports

The eighth-ranked Clayton College & State University women's tennis team picked up a big victory Friday by the slimmest of margins, downing 12th-ranked Barry University 5-4 in a match played at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Freshman Michell Zulu, playing at No. 6 singles, captured the match-deciding point, winning 7-6 in a three set affair over Barry's Mary Rosas. Zulu won 6-1 in the first set before falling 6-3 in the second.

The Lakers were able to pull out the win, despite not having second seed Nathalia Collantes, who is out with an injury, winning four singles matches and one doubles match. The squad will return to the court on Sunday, facing Northwood University in an 8:30 a.m. match at the Clayton State Tennis Complex. The win improves the Lakers to 9-5 on the season.

In doubles, the second-seeded team of Jackline Nieto and Elizabeth Syrova won 8-5 over Arabella Martin and Carole Steinhauser, while the top-seeded team Kim Lennartsson and Daniela Petkova lost 8-0 to Natascha Loebnitz and Greta Trotman. The third-seeded team of Natalia Koulechova and Michelle Zulu lost 8-5 to Maria Lopez and Rosas.

In singles, top seed Nieto came back to win 1-6, 6-4 and 6-1 over Loebnitz, while No. 2 seed Syrova won 6-3 and 6-4 over Lopez. Third-seeded Koulechova defeated Trotman 6-0 and 6-2, while fourth seed Petkova lost 6-1 and 6-3 to Martin. Fifth seed Lennartsson fell in straight sets to Steinhauser 6-0 and 6-0.