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Women's Tennis Halloween Howl Concludes with Two More Wins

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Myu Kageyama picked up UNM’s lone singles win, and Satoho Toriumi and Sarah O’Connor teamed up for a doubles win as the final day of the Lobo Halloween Howl concluded on Sunday.

Kageyama’s win was the match of the day regardless of the fact that she won.  She was matched up with NAU’s Sofia Markova, and the opening set went to Markova 6-2.  Kageyama then started the battle back taking the second set 6-4, setting up a wild third set.  In it, Markova took a 4-3 lead, but Kageyama battled back for a 5-4 lead.  Markova than force a 5-5 tie and then held serve for a 6-5 lead.  She was two points from victory but Kageyama’s winner down the line sent the match to a tiebreak.  Markova was able to take a 3-2 lead, but a long rally went to Kageyama, a key moment to make it 3-3 at the switch.  Kageyama eventually had a 6-5 lead and match point, but Markova’s drop shot was true, making it 6-6.

At that point, Kageyama got the mini break she needed for a 7-6 lead, and Markova was long on the next point, giving Kageyama the hardest-fought of wins.

That was UNM’s lone win in singles as the Lobos were once again without top players Yue Lin “Polly” Chen and Hsaing-Wen “Albie” Huang.

In doubles, UNM had just two teams playing against New Mexico State, and Toriumi and O’Connor picked up a 6-3 win over Miranda Bishard and Chloe Gavino.

UNM now has two weeks off before the final Fall Tournament of the season, the CSUN Invitational in Northridge, California.

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