ORU Doubles Up South Dakota, 4-2
The Golden Eagles are now 3-0 in Summit League play and are over .500 for the first time in two months with a 6-5 overall record.
ORU set the tone with three punishing doubles victories, all by 8-2 counts. Haley Martin and Lina Semenova downed USD’s Alena Sergeychik and Shadi Soleymani, Iryna Khatsko and Kristin Gray defeated Michelle Elkin and Nina Barudzic, and Marizanne Bouwer teamed with Tori Dollar to send Veronika Makashov and Yamini Reddy packing.
Singles was a far closer affair, with several matches going down to the wire. Khatsko drilled Elkin at the top flight, 6-0, 6-1, but Soleymani countered with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Gray on the third court.
But Bouwer and Dollar saved the day for ORU. Bouwer topped Batudzic in the fourth flight, 6-0, 6-1, and Dollar cashed in Makashov, 6-1, 6-2, in the sixth. The victories clinched the overall win for ORU.
Those results were important ones for the Golden Eagles. Reddy knocked off Ekaterina Kondrashova in the sixth flight, 6-1, 6-4, and Sergeychik was moments away from a second-court victory over Martin when their match was halted in progress.
ORU will finish play at the Summit League cluster on Saturday morning when they face South Dakota State. First serve is booked for 9 am CT.