The Missouri State women’s tennis team took two losses on the road to Texas State University and University of Texas at San Antonio.

They will have a two week break to train and get ready for their next match against University of Northern Iowa.  Out in San Marcos, Texas, the Bears played Texas State, where the Bobcats narrowly won 4-3.

The Bobcats took the doubles point after they won the first two flights. 

In singles play, the Bears’ comeback failed, as they and TSU both won three flights.

Senior Phoebe Boeschen gave the Bears their first point in the match. 

“It was one of the closest matches we’ve played this season,” head coach Mallory Weber said. “It was also only the second match the Bears have played outside.”

Going down south, the Bears played the University of Texas at San Antonio, where they fell hard.

“UTSA was a very strong team with two of the stronger girls we’ve seen in the season,” Weber said.

UTSA took the doubles point with wins in the second and third flights. 

In singles play, MSU lost five of six flights, with sophomore Ellie Burger winning the final match. 

“Again it was another outdoor match,” Weber said. “ We were dealing with winds that were gusting into the 30s.”

Freshman Anna Alons and Burger are in their first season as double partners. 

“It’s been very impressive,” Weber said. “You never know what you’re going to get when you pair a freshman with a sophomore, but they’ve really stepped up and gelled very well together.”

To prepare for the coming Missouri Valley Conference play, Weber said the team will be raising their practice hours and doing more conditioning. 

“These next two weeks are really heavy training for us,” Weber said. “I look forward to how we’re going to do against those conference schools.”

The Bears will play their first conference match at the Northern Iowa on April 6. MSU is 3-6 in away matches and UNI is 2-0 in home matches.

When the Bears played UNI in 2018, they won with 5-2 at home.

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