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The wins just keep on coming for Missouri Western Women's Tennis. Four games over six days didn't seem to be a problem for Missouri Western as they defeated Maryville, Lindenwood, Newman and Emporia State quite efficiently. 

The Griffons were clicking on all cylinders for their first two games in St. Louis against Maryville and Lindenwood.

The week started strong with a clean sweep in doubles play against Maryville, led by the No. 1 doubles team of Anya Chavez and Isabella MacGibbon. The duo won their match 6-0, 6-3 after cracking the top 50 in the Division II ITA Tennis Collegiate Ranking at No. 48. Chavez also handled her singles match effortlessly, winning all her sets except one to give her a 6-1, 6-0 match.

Against Lindenwood, Missouri Western once again handled business and won all of their singles matches. This time, Donelly Nicole had the most efficient game of the day, winning her match 6-1, 6-1, proving her dominance moving her record to an unblemished 4-0.

The Griffons then had a day off before facing off against the Jets. After the constant success of Chavez and MacGibbon after the match, they moved up to No. 42 on the doubles ranking chart. It was the same story for the Griffons, as they swept the Jets 7-0, and Esther Guemes also continued her perfect streak after defeating her opponent 6-2, 6-4 and moving to an unblemished 11-0 singles record.

Missouri Western's road trip ended on Sunday as they conquered their opponent Emporia State. Missouri Western won all their duo matches on Sunday and showed teamwork makes the dream work. However, the most heartwarming story was the debut of Senior Lathouri Ioanna. Ioanna immediately impacted, winning 6-1, 6-3, allowing her final season to start off to a good start. Guemes also stayed perfect. After a shaky first set where Guemes won 6-3, Guemes put the pressure onto her opponent and made short work in the second set, winning 6-1 and moving her record to 12-0.

Missouri Western's winning streak is now sitting at five straight after a successful road trip. Missouri Western, whose record is currently at 11-2, 2-0 in MIAA play, is also off to its best start since the 2014-15 season. 

The Griffons' next opponent is against the arch-rival Bearcats on Wednesday, March 30. The Bearcats are sitting on a record of 9-4 and 1-0 in MIAA play. Animosity is high as the Bearcats barely scratched by against the Griffons last time, defeating the Griffons 4-3 last season to claim a spot in the regional tournament. 

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