DENTON, Texas – Just like last year in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament, the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team found themselves down 2-0 in the match against Charlotte.
Despite reeling off three straight singles wins, the Lady Techsters were not able to complete the comeback again as they fell 4-3 to the 49ers on Thursday morning at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
LA Tech (12-13) ended up dropping the doubles point to go down early, resulting in a need for four singles victories. However, the six singles matches split giving the edge to Charlotte (11-9).
The 49ers got the first win of the match, coming on court three in dubs. Meanwhile, the duo of senior Jazmin Britos and Alba Escalona Perny were up 4-3 on court one and the tandem of senior Marta Sramkova and freshman Nadja Manjon were down 4-3 on court two.
Manjon/Sramkova won two straight games to get the match to that game score and had three game points to break and even it up at 4-all, but the 49ers rallied to clinch the doubles point.
Charlotte also picked up the first victory in singles, winning in straight sets on court six to go up 2-0 in the match. That was when the scores started to go the way of LA Tech.
Sramkova frustrated her opponent Alexandra Lee the entire match at the No. 3 position, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 win to get the Lady Techsters on the scoreboard.
Next it was her fellow senior Britos who got down two games early at the No. 1 spot but used her crafty shot-making to take down Victoria Pahlett by a final score of 6-3, 6-3 which evened the team match up at 2-all.
For Britos, it marked singles win No. 20 for the 2016-17 season (fourth straight season of 20+).
The third straight singles win came from Chen at the No. 4 position who overpowered Macy Vonderschmidt 6-1, 6-4 to put LA Tech within one win of advancing.
Meanwhile on court five, Perny fought back to win the second set 6-1 on court five and force a deciding third set. Her rally came up short though as she lost which evened the team match up again, this time at 3-all with the deciding match coming on court two.
The freshman Manjon was going up against Tai Martin of Charlotte. Manjon fell 7-5 in a tiebreaker in the first set and was down 5-3 in the second set. She came up big to break Martin and then fought off match point at deuce by winning a 25+ rally to even the set score at 5-5.
Manjon got up 40-15 in the next game with three chances to break, but Martin pulled off three consecutive winners to hold serve. Manjon was not able to recover as she had her serve broken, ultimately falling 7-6, 7-5.
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