NEW ORLEANS – In their fourth attempt this dual season to take down a nationally-ranked opponent, the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis came up short in what ended up being a 4-1 loss to No. 43 Tulane on Saturday at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
LA Tech (11-9) was facing Tulane (20-5) for the first time in over 30 years. The Lady Techsters were not able to pick up their first win in the series as the Green Wave grabbed the doubles point and three victories in singles.
Tulane got the first win of the day, coming on court three in dubs. Meanwhile, the duo of freshman Nadja Manjon and senior Marta Sramkova were playing just their second match of the spring on court two.
The tandem found themselves down 5-2 before reeling off three straight games to tie it up. However, the Green Wave picked up a key break on court one to clinch the doubles point.
The home team made it 3-0 with a straight-sets win at the No. 2 and No. 4 spots in singles. Soon after, LA Tech got its lone point of the day from freshman Jill van den Dungen who split sets with Sofia Kurtz at the No. 6 position and then cruised to a 6-1 score in the third set for her fifth dual singles victory.
While senior Jazmin Britos was up a set at No. 1 and sophomore Sonia Chen was trying to force a third set after falling in a first-set tiebreaker at No. 3, Tulane sealed the team victory with a win on court five.
LA Tech will not have long to rest as they return to the same courts on Sunday to take on Conference USA foe Middle Tennessee in a neutral site match. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
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