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ST. LOUIS – [MATCH 1 BOX] [MATCH 2 BOX] Just 48 hours removed from a big 4-1 win over Principia (Ill.), Missouri Baptist picked-up its second and third consecutive wins on the sand. The Spartans scraped-out a narrow 3-2 win over the Austin Peay (Tenn.) Governors and grabbed a decisive 4-1 win over University of Tennessee-Martin in Clarksville, Tenn., on Friday.
Missouri Baptist (4-3) began the day at the 2016 Governors Beach Duals, hosted by Austin Peay, with a win over the host.
The Spartans began the match with a dominant 2-0 win at No. 1 as Hannah Carey and Jen Brendel put together a display against Ginny Gerig and Kristen Stucker. The Missouri Baptist duo picked-up a 21-13 win before handing the Governor's top team a 21-17 loss to take the set and the first team point.
No. 2 became perhaps the most entertaining matchup of the day as Austin Peay's Christina White and Jenna Panning squeaked-out a razor thin decision over Missouri Baptist's Kamden Maas and Cate Cigarini.
Maas and Cigarini picked-up a 22-20 win to open play, but were unable finish in either of the ensuing sets against White and Panning. Austin Peay's pair grabbed a 21-18 second set win before claiming the point with a 15-13 tiebreak set win.
Kelly Wilson and Sarah Bolton teamed at No. 3 and came through when it counted. After dropping the first set 21-19 to Kaitlyn Teeter and MiMi Arrington, the Spartans lost set two 21-19 to force the tiebreak set, one in which Missouri Baptist dominated. The duo finished things off with a 15-7 win.
Kelly Hughes and Natalie Hecht completed the win against the Governors on Friday with a big sweep over Allie O'Reilly and Kaylee Taff. The Spartan duo won in two close sets 21-19 to secure the win for Missouri Baptist.
In the final match of the day, the Spartans cruised to the win over its second victim out of the Ohio Valley Conference, UT-Martin.
The Spartans defeated the Skyhawks 4-1 with wins at their top two pairs, along with No. 4. No. 1 team of Carey and Brendel defeated Hannah Phillips and Macy Catlett 21-14, 21-14 while at No. 2, Cigarini and Maas grabbed a point with a 21-9 and 21-14 straight set win over Rachel Noffsinger and Hayley Gray.
Kelly Hughes and Natalie Hecht also picked-up a win at No. 4 in a closer outcome than the other victories. The duo defeated Kelly Coombs and Saphyr James 21-14, 18-21 and 15-8.
With the wins, the Spartans enter day two of competition as one of two undefeated teams, along with Central Arkansas. The two will face-off in the 9:00 a.m. match, which may determine the winner of the tournament.