SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – One day after going toe-for-toe with a nationally-ranked opponent, the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis returned to the courts and defeated previously unbeaten Central Arkansas by a final score of 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in a neutral site match at the Copper Tennis Complex.
LA Tech (7-5) narrowly lost the doubles point and a marathon singles match that would have tilted the result in its favor yesterday at 31st-ranked Missouri.
However, the Lady Techsters did not let that get their spirits down. They drove from Columbia to Springfield and ended up handing Central Arkansas (9-1) its first loss of the spring season.
“I’m so proud of how we competed this weekend,” head coach Amanda Stone said. “We really took the match to Missouri and competed within points of pulling off the upset. It really came down to the doubles point and closing out that match at two singles. Although it didn’t go our way, I couldn’t have asked the team to play harder.
“I’m equally happy about Sunday’s result. UCA was undefeated and they came out with a lot of confidence. We have struggled early in the year getting up for that second match of the weekend, but today I think we really took a big step in our progress as a team. UCA put up a strong fight and we were able to rise to the occasion and get the win.”
UCA got the match started off with a 6-1 win on court two in doubles, but LA Tech was able to even things up when Jazmin Britos and Alba Escalona Perny teamed up to win 6-3 on court one.
That put the doubles point squarely on court three where Nadja Manjon and Jill van den Dungen outlasted Xylia Chunan Xiang and Amiru Shimoguchi by a score of 7-5 to help put the Lady Techsters up 1-0 in the early going.
In singles, it was a fierce battle on every single court.
Britos was able to continue her impressive play, winning her fourth straight singles match in a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Pornpawee Pramethong at the No. 1 position.
The next court to finish was at No. 4 where Marta Sramkova outlasted her opponent Shimoguchi 7-6, 7-5 to put LA Tech up 3-0 in the match.
The Sugar Bears got on the scoreboard though after that, taking a straight-sets win (both via tiebreakers) at the No. 5 spot.
The remaining three courts were marathon matches, going the distance in a third set. Providing the clinching point though for the Lady Techsters was the freshman Jill van den Dungen who rallied from a set down to defeat Rada Manataweewat 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 at court six.
Next up for LA Tech is a road match against South Alabama on Friday, March 3. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
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