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Senior Sendoff Series: Michal Matson

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Michal “Mikey” Matson made a name for herself as both a singles and doubles tennis player for Seton Hall. Along with her partner Melody Taal, Matson reached the Sweet Sixteen of the ITA Regionals as a junior. The Setonian caught up with Matson to discuss her memories as a Pirate and the abrupt cancellation of her senior year due to coronavirus.


ITA Regionals allow women’s tennis to prepare for spring season

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>The fall season is almost over for the Seton Hall women’s tennis team with one final tournament to prepare them for the spring portion. The meat of the team’s schedule is from late January to mid-April, where the Pirates will play in 19 different matches, including the Big East Championship. The fall season serves more as a tune up for what is to come, but it is still important, as it shortens the offseason and makes sure that players will be as rusty when it comes time for the grueling spring season. The Pirates performed well in their first two matches of the season with sophomore Regina Pitts winning the “A” singles tournament at the Navy Invitational. [caption id="attachment_28830" align="aligncenter" width="838"] Photo via SHU Athletics[/caption] The ITA Northeast Regional provided a different type of challenge for the Pirates. Melody Taal, Hermehr Kaur, and Pitts were all fortunate enough to represent the Pirates at this invitational hosted in West Point, N.Y. 38 teams in total competed in the event which was held last week. Of the Pirates represented, Pitts had the best showing, after winning her first round match over Mouna Bouzgarrou of NJIT, 6-4, 6-1, before being narrowly upended by Fordham’s Arina Taluyenko 6-4, 6-4. Taal also held her own, but couldn’t break through, against Valeria Deminova, also of Fordham. Meanwhile, Kaur competed with Pitts in doubles in an exciting and well fought battle, just barely falling to a duo from Niagara, 8-7 (6). “It’s really exciting to get into that tournament, because you’re playing with some of the best players from not even just the Big East, but a bunch of different schools,” Pitts said. This tournament will undoubtedly not only serve as not only a great experience for those involved but also as a confidence builder that they can compete at a high level for the remainder of the season. “Obviously [we want] to win Big East,” Pitts said. “We were so close last year. I don’t think we performed at the level we thought we were going to at the actual tournament, so with the new players, I think we’ll be well prepared.” Mat Mlodzinski can be reached at Find him on Twitter @Mlodzinski_15.


Women’s tennis struggles at West Point

This past weekend, the Seton Hall women’s tennis team competed in the West Point Invitational, a tournament featuring schools from all over the map and offering a wide range of competitors. For the Pirates, the tournament did not go as planned, as many players were eliminated in the first or second round of their respective brackets.


Fajnorova, Kangwa embracing final challenges

As the Seton Hall tennis team gears up to head to the Big East Championship in Cayce, South Carolina next week, there is ample time for its two seniors, Anicka Fajnorova and Thandy Kangwa, to reflect on their time with the program.


Pirates fail to muster up victory against Fordham

The Seton Hall women’s tennis team lost, 5-2, against Fordham on Friday afternoon. The Pirates kept the games close, but Fordham was able to consistently close out games to ensure the victory. The loss drops the Pirates to 4-2 on the season.


Pirates sweep LIU Brooklyn in convincing fashion

On Feb. 10, the Seton Hall women’s tennis team came out victorious with a 7-0 sweep at LIU Brooklyn. They win completes a weekend sweep after beating Drexel the day before, and improves the team’s record to 4-1 on the season.


Women’s tennis outmatched in lost to FIU

The Seton Hall women’s tennis team was able to stay close in doubles, but ultimately got swept, 4-0, by FIU on Sunday afternoon. It is the first loss for the Pirates in the spring season after starting 2-0.

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