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Friday, April 21, 2017

NU tennis wraps up regular season at Saint Peter’s, Siena

All WNY News     Friday, April 21, 2017    

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The Purple Eagles men's and women's tennis teams are back on the road to play Saint Peter's on Friday and Siena on Saturday.

The men's team (5-16, 1-4 MAAC) snapped its four match losing streak after defeating Rider on Apr. 14. The Purple Eagles have won at least one doubles match in three of its last four matches. Taylan Ozdemir leads the team with 11 singles wins.

Saint Peter's men's team has lost their last 14 matches. That losing streak dates back to Oct. 15, when Saint Peter's defeated Coppin State (6-1). NU has won four of the last five matchups.

The Saints have dropped their last six matches, and are looking for their first win since Mar. 24 against Lafayette. Geovanny Mendoza leads the team in wins with five, all coming at third singles. Matt Bellino will be looking for back-to-back wins at fourth singles after winning against Fairfield on Apr. 15.

On the women's side, the Purple Eagles (4-16, 2-3 MAAC) are looking for their second straight conference win after defeating Rider on Apr. 14 (5-2). Niagara's No. 1 Stella Peisakhova has a team-leading 13 wins on the season and is 7-3 in her last 10 matches, including winning her last four matches. Peisakhova is 4-1 in MAAC play. Ali Hutchinson has won her two last matches and is tied for second on the team with seven wins.

Saint Peter's, meanwhile, has dropped each of their last six matches. NU has won each of the last four matches against Saint Peter's.

Siena started the season winning their first 15 matches before falling to to Quinnipiac on Apr. 9. Ivana Boberic is 14-1 for the Saints at singles this season. Niagara has won five of its last six matches against Siena.

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