LEXINGTON, Ky. (2/2/18) – The Arkansas State women’s tennis claimed its first victory of the season with a 4-3 win over Northern Kentucky Friday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky.

The Red Wolves (1-6) began the day by taking the doubles’ point with strong performances from its No. 2 and No. 3 pairings. Kirsty Venter and Sabina Jeresic teamed up on court three to defeat the Norse’s Hannah Watton and Katja Dijanezevic 6-3, while Shelby King and Shannon O'Brien clinched the points with a 6-4 victory over Sydney Power and Margita Sunjic.

In singles’ competition, the back end of the lineup produced two victory with Venter and O’Brien each won in straight sets, while Jeresic earned the clinching point on court three.

Venter defeated Alyssa Defiglio without dropping a points in a 6-0, 6-0 win, while O’Brien downed Watton on court five 6-0, 6-3 to give the Red Wolves three points on the afternoon. Northern Kentucky (0-3) battled back and won points on courts one, two and four to tie the match at 3-3 to setup a crucial match between Jeresic and Taylor Culbertson.

Jeresic won the first point after a first set 6-3 win and then battled in the second set for a 6-4 victory to clinch the match for A-State.

“We played really well in a lot areas today,” A-State head Kel Lange said. “Kirsty and Shannon were big for us in both singles’ and doubles’ today and Sabina really battled in her singles’ match to clinch it for us. We hope we can continue to ride this wave of momentum into tomorrow’s match at Eastern Kentucky and then on into our upcoming home matches.”

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