UIW, St. Mary’s can’t match UTSA tennis


Brady Phelps, The Paisano

Robert Avila

UTSA’s women’s tennis team closed out a two-match weekend with wins over both St. Mary’s and Incarnate Word (UIW).

In Saturday’s home opener against nationally ranked St. Mary’s, the Roadrunners nearly swept their opponents in a decisive 6-1 victory.

After nabbing the doubles point for UTSA, the Roadrunners dominated in singles, winning all but one of their matches. UTSA junior Miriam Rosell Canudas led the team in a dominating 6-2, 6-1 first position singles performance against Cristina Lopez of St. Mary’s.

Sunday’s away match against UIW also ended with a 6-1 victory for the Roadrunners.

The only Roadrunner to lose her singles match on Saturday, senior Alena Shichkova, rebounded on Sunday to beat UIW’s Victoria Kareh 7-6, 6-1. The win was her first of the season.

Senior Roadrunner and UIW transfer Nicole Karaklis had a strong weekend, winning 6-2, 6-1 against St. Mary’s Tyra Timm and 6-0, 6-3 against UIW’s Sarah Savedra.

UTSA tennis now has two women who are undefeated in singles matches thus far: senior Jacobea Junger and junior Lina Hallgren.

In fact, both Junger and Hallgren are also undefeated in doubles play.. Junger has won four consecutive matches alongside Canudas, and Hallgren has won four straight playing with freshman Charlene Tiwari.

UTSA’s other doubles team, comprised of Shichkova and Karaklis, has yet to win a doubles match this season.

The women’s team is now 3-1 on the season and will look to continue its winning streak on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Abilene Christian.

Brady Phelps, The Paisano
Brady Phelps, The Paisano