Southeastern tops Southern in road tennis opener to remain undefeated

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Southeastern Louisiana remained undefeated with a 4-2 non-conference road victory over Southern in women’s tennis action Thursday afternoon at University Courts.

Southeastern (3-0) shook off dropping the doubles point, rallying with four singles victories. Southern fell to 0-4 overall this spring.

“We really challenged ourselves to come back after losing the doubles point and our players responded,” Southeastern head coach Jason Hayes said. “Every match was tightly-contested and our girls played hard and fought all day.”

In doubles play, juniors Fleur Holtkamp and Dalina Dahlmans improved to 3-0 at No. 1 doubles with a 6-4 victory over the Southern pair of Stephanie Mbaya and Tanaka Chakanyuka. On the other two doubles courts, Southern picked up wins to take a 1-0 lead.

Southeastern rallied with four wins in singles play. On No. 1, junior Dany Raygadas (2-1) handled Mbaya, 6-3, 6-2. Holtkamp (3-0) remained undefeated in singles play with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Darnesha Moore, on the No. 2 court.

SLU junior Madina Vorotnikova (2-0) also remained unbeaten this spring with a 7-6 (12-10), 6-2 victory over Nicki Neal on the No. 5 singles court. On No. 6, junior Natalie Duran (2-1) was too much for Mia Kent in a 6-4, 6-2 straight-set triumph.

Southeastern will return to action on Friday, traveling to Mobile for a 2:30 match at South Alabama.

Southeastern Louisiana 4, Southern 2

Singles:
No. 1 Dany Raygadas (SLU) def. Stephanie Mbaya (SU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Fleur Holtkamp (SLU) def. Darnesha Moore (SU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 Rufaro Chirewa (SU) vs. Lucia Bustamante (SLU) unfinished
No. 4 Tanaka Chakanyuka (SU) def. Dalina Dahlmans (SLU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Madina Vorotnikova (SLU) def. Nicki Neal (SU) 7-6 (12-10), 6-2
No. 6 Natalie Duran (SLU) def. Mia Kent (SU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles:
No. 1 Dahlmans/Holtkamp (SLU) def. Mbaya/Chakanyuka (SU) 6-4
No. 2 Chirewa/Moore (SU) def. Bustamante/Duran (SLU) 6-4

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Kemmler Chapple

Kemmler Chapple

Sports Information Director, Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics

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