THIBODAUX â€“ The Nicholls State University menâ€™s and womenâ€™s tennis teams hosted Lamar University on Sunday at the Colonel Tennis Complex and both teams were defeated with the men losing 4-3 while the women fell 6-1.
The Nicholls menâ€™s team (8-9, 0-4 SLC), playing in its first action since March 23, won the top three singles matches but couldnâ€™t get the decisive point as their bid for their first conference victory of the season fell short.
After Lamar (8-9, 2-2) swept the doubles play, Damjan Despotovski took the No. 1 match 6-3, 6-3 for the Colonels while Shayann Vaezzadeh won the No. 2 match 7-5, 6-2. Dmitry Kozionov picked up with the final point for the men, taking the No. 3 match 6-1, 6-7, 6-1.
The Nicholls womenâ€™s team (9-9, 3-5 SLC) was able to take the doubles point, but Lamar (16-2, 8-1 SLC) would shutout the Colonels in singles play to stay in the hunt for the conference title.
After dropping the No. 1 match in doubles, the Colonelsâ€™ Natalia Zamora teamed up with Sumana Kalyanasundaram in the No. 2 slot to pick up an 8-6 victory. Tatiana Denezhkina and Melissa Harrisonâ€™s 9-8 (7-5) victory at the No. 3 spot would clinch the doubles point.
In singles action, Lamar proved to be too strong as the Cardinals won each of the matches in straight sets.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday, April 13, when they head to Alcorn State. First serve is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
The complete results for both teamsâ€™ matches against Lamar are listed below.
Men - Lamar 4, Nicholls 3
1. Damjan Despotovski (NICH) def. Denis Ermilov (LAMAR) 6-3, 6-2
2. Shayann Vaezzadeh (NICH) def. Robert Lee (LAMAR) 7-5, 6-2
3. Dmitry Kozionov (NICH) def. Carlos Valdenebro (LAMAR) 6-1, 6-7, 6-1
4. Marton Horvath (LAMAR) def. Palash Tiwari (NICH) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
5. Dusan Savkovic (LAMAR) def. Razvan Cojocaru (NICH) 6-3, 6-1
6. Diego Snyder (LAMAR) def. Matshidiso Malope (NICH) 6-1, 7-5
1. Ermilov/ Savkovic (LAMAR) def. Damjan Despotovski/Palash Tiwari (NICH) 8-4
2. Horvath/ Lee (LAMAR) def. Dmitry Kozionov/El-Fadel Ningbinnin (NICH) 8-5
3. Shayann Vaezzadeh/Matshidiso Malope (NICH) def. Snyder/ Valdenebro (LAMAR) 9-7
Women â€“ Lamar 6, Nicholls 1
1. Mariaryeni Gutierrez (LUW) def. Natalia Zamora (NICH) 6-1, 6-0
2. Kaltrina Harbuzi (LUW) def. Florina Nosca (NICH) 6-1, 6-2
3. Alicia Porte (LUW) def. S. Kalyanasundaram (NICH) 6-2, 6-1
4. Natalia Mayagoitia (LUW) def. Tatiana Denezhkina (NICH) 7-5, 6-3
5. Diana Mendez (LUW) def. Marina Ljoshevska (NICH) 6-3, 6-3
6. Alessandra Pennesi (LUW) def. Melissa Harrison (NICH), by default
1. Gutierrez/ Harbuzi (LUW) def. Florina Nosca/Marina Ljoshevska (NICH) 8-3
2. Natalia Zamora/S. Kalyanasundaram (NICH) def. Mayagoitia/ Porte (LUW) 8-6
3. Tatiana Denezhkina/Melissa Harrison (NICH) def. Czudek/ Mendez (LUW) 9-8 (7-5)
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