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MTSU celebrates senior day with a sweep of Western Kentucky

By Russell Smythia MTN Sports Reporter

April 5, 2021

Before play began, the Blue Raiders honored their only senior Lida Burrows. Burrows was a senior last year as well before COVID cancelled the season. With the NCAA allowing spring athletes to have another year of eligibility Burrows returned.

This was great for the Blue Raiders as Burrows paired with Lee Barnard won the clinching doubles match, 7-6(7) and Burrows won the match-clinching singles match, 7-5, 6-4. For Burrow this is her 90th career singles win, one away from tying the school record.

MTSU beat WKU 7-0 on Saturday at the Adam Tennis Complex. The Blue Raider improve to 10-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Hilltoppers fall to 4-12 overall and 1-4 in conference.

The day started off with wins for the doubles pairs of Barnard and Burrows along with Noelle Mauro and Lilly-Sophie Schmidt, giving MTSU the doubles point for the match. Then Barnard quickly added another point for the Blue Raiders as her opponent had to retire due to injury with Barnard up 5-2 in the first set.

Muskan Gupta gave the Blue Raiders another point after winning her match, 6-3, 6-3 on court #6 before Burrows clinched the match on court #2.

Love-Star Alexis won her match on court #4 7-6 (3), 6-4 keeping MTSU perfect. Then Zani Barnard completed a comeback in the second set winning the last five games to give her the win 7-5, 7-5 on court #3. Mauro finished off the sweep with a 7-5, 6-2 win on court #5.

MTSU will play their final two regular season matches next weekend when they travel to Birmingham to play Samford and UAB.

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