Utah State women’s tennis capture doubles championship on the final day of the ISU Invitational

POCATELLO, Idaho – Utah State women’s tennis finished its last day at the Idaho State Invitational on Sunday, finding its greatest success on the doubles courts.

In doubles, Hannah Jones and Sidnee Lavatai defeated Idaho State’s Madison Fenske and Melissa Coburn, 6-1, in the semifinals. Jones and Lavatai then went on to defeat Idaho State’s Megan Poe and Hristina Cvetkovic, 6-2, to claim the doubles championship.

In the consolation doubles draw, Lucy Octave and Carolina Millan also defeated Weber State’s Yuuna Ukit, and McKenna Lloyd, 6-3.

“We had another consistent and very successful weekend reaching the championship match in every draw,” head coach Sean McInerney said. “Hannah (Jones), and Sidnee (Lavatai) played some great doubles today, dropping only three total games in the semifinals, and then the championship match.”

In singles, Lucy Octave won her first set against Boise State’s Vanessa Timm, 6-2, but dropped the next two sets, including the final in a tiebreak, 1-6, 8-10 in the championship match. Hannah Jones played out a similar storyline, winning the first set before falling in three against Boise State’s Joana Baptista, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 10-12. Gabrielle Dekkers lost to Weber State’s Megan Lombardi, 0-6, 2-6.

“It was a tough last day in singles for us,” McInerney said. “We didn’t execute like we have been, and we need to work on staying committed to one point at a time with the same mindset and goal.”

Having multiple Aggies in the championship game this weekend left coach McInerney feeling optimistic about the future.

“It is a great learning opportunity for not only the players that played the matches, but also the young players on this roster that watched the finals,” McInerney said. “There were lots of good things out there, and I am excited to get back to work and prepare for the next invite.”

The Aggies will be back in action at the Washington State Invite in Pullman, Wash., Oct. 4 through Oct. 6.

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