DALLAS – The Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team had its season-best three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in a close 4-3 loss to SMU at the SMU Tennis Complex.
LA Tech (10-8) was attempting to hand SMU (14-3) just its second home loss of the season as the Mustangs came into the contest with an impressive 13-1 record playing on their own courts.
The Lady Techsters lost two out of three doubles matches to drop the doubles point. Then two first set tiebreakers went in favor of SMU which gave them momentum to pick up four singles wins.
“There was great effort today from the whole team,” head coach Amanda Stone said. “We have had several of these matches against quality teams that we’ve come so close to finishing. We are banging on the door, we just haven’t pushed through yet. But we’re playing great tennis right now. The key for us is to stay positive, just ourselves and keep pushing forward.”
The duo of senior Marta Sramkova and freshman Nadja Manjon won their fourth straight doubles match, downing Dasha Sharapova and Mary Wright by a final score of 6-1 on court three. It was the first loss of the dual season for the Mustang tandem.
However, SMU was able to pick up wins on courts one and two to carry the doubles point into singles.
The Mustangs went up 3-0 in the match with a straight-sets win at the No. 2 and No. 4 spot. On court two, Manjon took Sharapova to a tiebreaker in the first set but lost it in a nail biter, 10-8. Sharapova went on to win the second set to put the home team within one point for the team win.
Sonia Chen got LA Tech on the scoreboard after that though, winning 6-4, 6-4 over Ana Perez-Lopez on court three. It was Chen’s fourth straight singles victory. She also remained undefeated playing at the No. 3 position (5-0).
Just like her fellow freshman, Dungen took her opponent Ellie Zogg into a tiebreaker in the first set but ended up falling 8-6. Zogg went on to win the second set to give SMU the victory.
The remaining two courts went into three sets. Sramkova became the fourth Lady Techsters this season to reach double-digit singles wins, beating Wright 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 on court five.
The final match was at No. 1 where Britos came back from dropping the first set to winning her team-best 11th match 3-6, 7-5, 7-6.
LA Tech returns home on Wednesday, March 29 to face Stephen F. Austin. First serve is set for 2 p.m. at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
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