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Senior Sarah Wilcox returns a serve forehand during a singles match on Saturday. Wilcox fell in a three-set singles championship match to the same player she defeated last week. 

The Bluejay men’s and women’s tennis teams both found success in the Bluejay Invitational they hosted last weekend.

On Friday, the men’s team opened the invitational with four singles victories by way of seniors Casey Ross and Stratton Brown with sophomores Shin Inoue and Zack Maline also continuing their singles eminence from last weekend.

All three of the men’s doubles pairs fell Friday to each of their North Dakota counterparts.

The women earned a total of 10 victories on Friday as they won three doubles matches and seven singles matches.

Junior Kate Krueger and sophomore Malvika Shukla earned a 7-6 doubles win, senior Sarah Wilcox and junior Emma Gener earned a 6-2 victory together, and seniors Gabby O’Connor and Meredith Benson earned a 7-5 win in doubles. Wilcox, Krueger, Gener, Benson, Shukla and freshmen Valerie Negin and Siri Kongara also each earned singles wins on Friday.

The next day the women’s team continued their successes, going undefeated in doubles play.

Krueger and Shukla earned the first of the victories over Northern Iowa duos while Wilcox and Gener provided the second, Kongara and Negin the third. The duo of O’Connor and Benson also earned a win over a Nebraska-Kearney pair Saturday.

On the singles side, Wilcox, Negin and Kongara were all runners-up in different flights of the invitational.

Wilcox’s championship loss was a three set thriller against Augustana’s Veleriya Monko and was the second three-set match against Monko this month after Wilcox defeated Monko at the Drake Invite on Sept. 11.

“I’m a little bit disappointed that I couldn’t beat her again knowing that I played her just a few weeks ago, but it was a really good match,” Wilcox said.

On the men’s side, Inoue, Lanahan, senior Jose Oscar Diaz and freshman Ethan Neil all earned singles titles on Saturday.

The men found their groove again in doubles, winning three matches on the day. Brown and Inoue started the day with a win of their own before Lanahan and Ross added two more.

Lanahan went an impressive 4-0 on Saturday, winning two singles matches and the two doubles matches.

“It felt really good because I didn’t have my best day the day before,” Lanahan said. “It’s just a matter of maintaining the mental part of my game and just making sure I’m positive and optimistic about getting the results I know I’m able to.”

Next on the schedule for Lanahan and the men’s team is the Drake Tournament from Oct. 15 to 17.

As for the women, only some of the team’s best, including Wilcox, will travel to the ITA Regional.

“There’s always a lot of good competition there just because all the state schools in the region have players who play in it, so I’m excited to see a different group of players that we usually don’t get to play against,” Wilcox said.

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