FIU tennis rolls MTSU 4-0, notches fourth consecutive win

Sophomore Yasmine Kabbaj for FIU (right) and senior Love-Star Alexis for Middle Tennessee (left). Photos courtesy of FIU and MTSU Athletics.

Brian Olmo | Sports Director 

FIU tennis continues to annihilate opponents as they sweep Middle Tennessee 4-0 on Wednesday, March 8 at the FIU Tennis Courts. This marks the fourth straight win for the team, bringing them to an 8-3 overall record and 2-0 conference record. 

The No. 3 duo of junior Salma Loudili and freshman Katerina Mandelikova kicked things off with their third straight victory, defeating Sana Garakani and Cara Szilasi 6-4. 

Sophomore Yasmine Kabbaj and freshman Oyinlomo Quadre piled on the pressure, winning their eighth straight match over Noelle Mauro and Lilly-Sophie Schmidt to give FIU a 1-0 advantage. 

Loudili, Kabbaj and Quadre each won their singles matches to clinch the win for the Panthers. Loudili outplayed Szilasi and won 6-2, 6-2, to continue her three-game winning streak at the No. 6 position. 

Kabbaj secured her fourth straight win at the No. 1 position behind a dominant showing against Love-Star Alexis, 6-1, 6-2. Quadre hit the final nail in the coffin for MTSU, beating Muskan Gupta in a commanding 6-0, 6-2 win. 

The Panthers look to finish the week undefeated at home, meeting Kennesaw State on Friday, March 10. First serve is slated for noon. 

Singles competition

1. Yasmine Kabbaj (FIU) def. Love-Star Alexis (MTSU) 6-1, 6-2

2. Sana Garakani (MTSU) vs. Ekaterina Khairutdinova (FIU) 4-6, 0-5, unfinished

3. Oyinlomo Quadre (FIU) def. Muskan Gupta (MTSU) 6-0, 6-2

4. Noelle Mauro (MTSU) vs. Kamila Umarova (FIU) 3-6, 1-1, unfinished

5. Lilly-Sophie Schmidt (MTSU) vs. Katerina Madelikova 3-6, 1-4, unfinished

6. Salma Loudili (FIU) def. Cara Szilasi (MTSU) 6-2, 6-2

Order of finish: 6,1,3

Doubles competition

1. Love-Star Alexis/Muskan Gupta (MTSU) vs. No. 62 Kamila Umarova/Ekaterina Khairutdinova (FIU) 3-4, unfinished

2. No. 56 Yasmine Kabbaj/Oyinlomo Quadre (FIU) def. Noelle Mauro/Lilly-Sophie Schmidt (MTSU) 6-3

3. Katerina Mandelikova/Salma Loudili (FIU) def. Sana Garakani/Cara Szilasi (MTSU) 6-4

Order of finish: 3,2 

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