NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Southern Miss women's tennis team snapped a six-match losing streak to defeat New Orleans 6-1 in Saturday morning.
Southern Miss (3-8) took the doubles points, but not without a battle. Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen opened the match with an 8-1 win over Grace Nolan and Yasmine Rashad at No. 1. Karina Gurgenyan and Kathrin Waidner lost at No. 3 doubles in a tie-breaker 8-7 (7-5) before Mahitha Dadireddy and Lisa Noderer held off Soledad Arroyo and Marta Sans 8-7 (7-4) at No. 2 doubles to clinch the point.
The Golden Eagles took five of the six singles. Drescher defeated Nolan at No. 2 in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 while Noderer downed Sans 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3. Gurgenyan topped Hafsa Laraibi on court 5 with a 7-5, 6-4 decision. Kitchen clinched the match for Southern Miss with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Rashad at No. 6. Dadireddy was a winner at No. 1 with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 win over Arroyo.
Waidner lost to Rius at No. 4 by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
Southern Miss is back on the courts on March 7 against SIUE at 2 p.m. at the USM Tennis Courts.
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