Freshmen lift Mesa in tennis

They may be freshmen, but they aren’t caught up in expectations or easily intimidated.

Twin sisters Kaitlan and Kelleen Sera of Lahaina, Hawaii, simply get the job done for the Mesa State College women’s tennis team.

On Monday, they accounted for three points in the Mavericks’ 7-2 victory over Dixie State (Utah) College at the Elliott Tennis Center.

Mesa State (9-1) won two of the three doubles matches and five of the singles matches.

Senior Renee Demianeu and freshman Mandie Divino won at No. 3 doubles and both were victorious in singles. Sophomore Victoria Sargent won for the Mavericks at No. 2 singles also.

“The depth of the team is showing,” Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald said. “We had a good start in doubles and carried the momentum into singles. Everyone’s singles game is coming together.”

The twins won a big match at No. 2 doubles, rallying from 6-5 down to defeat Ashley Lafeen and Brittny Roemer 8-6 for one of the two doubles victories.

“We realized we were not coming up to the net as much,” Kelleen said. “We were hesitant and defensive. Dan said play more aggressive.”

They were successful because they were able to avoid a sibling spat, which they admit has happened. They are 9-3 this season.

“We’re doing OK,” Kelleen said.

“Being siblings, we argue a lot,” Kaitlan said.

They carried the momentum into the singles matches, having little trouble on their own.

Kaitlan (12-2) defeated Roemer 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles and Kelleen defeated Lauren Tarver 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5.

“It came down to who is more consistent,” Kaitlan said. ‘She made a lot of mistakes.”

Kelleen echoed those thoughts about her match.

“We’ve been successful, because we are consistent,” Kelleen said. “We don’t go for tough shots right away.”

MacDonald credits them for their success.

“Those two don’t get rattled,” MacDonald said. “A lot of women hit a hard, flat ball. They have the ability to change the pace and spin. Kaitlan hits a big, heavy ball and Kelleen hits a slice and to top it off, they are twins so you don’t know what’s coming at you. They are both savvy at the net and use court position to their advantage.”


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