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MTSU tennis closes out fall season

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MTSU tennis closes out fall season | Lexi Brand, MTSU, Tennis, Sports, San Diego State Fall Classic

Lexi Brand (Photo courtesy of MTSU Athletics)

Middle Tennessee women's tennis closes out its fall campaign with a trip to the West Coast this weekend.

The Raiders compete Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, in the San Diego State Fall Classic in California.

The Raiders are playing in their fourth tournament this autumn. Most recently, MT participated in the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.

Sophomore Nayara Moraes has an 8-3 record this season, including an individual title at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic.

Freshman Irinia Constantinide also won a tournament title in her debut at the Hokie Fall Invite in Blacksburg, Va. The Romania native holds a 7-2 mark thus far.

The tandem of Constantinide and Moraes has proved to be successful with the pair collecting three wins with one loss.

Flavia Nagayama and Yuiri Nomoto are 2-2 this season in doubles action.

This weekend's tournament closes out the fall tournament season. The Blue Raiders open dual match play next spring on Friday, Jan. 18, against Akron.

In the Raiders last tournament, Senior Yuiri Nomoto picked up a victory in the first consolation round as she knocked off Ball State's Courtney Earnest in straight sets (6-4, 6-4). Nomoto fell in the second round in a three set contest. She dropped a 6-7 (0-4), 6-2, 6-3 decision to Memphis' Skylar Kuykendall.

In the main draw round of 32, Alix Thurman from Miami (Ohio) defeated Moraes (4-6, 6-3, 6-1). The loss snapped an eight match win streak for the sophomore.

Vanderbilt's Lauren Mira defeated freshman Constantinide, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.

In other consolation rounds, Butler's Carolina Hedrick won 7-6 (9-0), 6-1 over Lexi Brand. Flavia Nagayama fell 6-1, 6-0 to Liza Tymechenko from Memphis to close out the tournament.

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