Tennis: SLU suffers hard-fought defeat to SFA

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HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana juniors Fleur Holtkamp and Madina Vorotnikova each won in singles play, but it was not enough in a hard-fought 5-2 loss to Stephen F. Austin in Southland Conference women’s tennis action Sunday afternoon at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.

Southeastern fell to 3-8 overall and 0-5 in league action with Sunday’s loss. Stephen F. Austin (7-7, 3-3 Southland) evened its league mark by winning the doubles point and four of six singles matches.

“This is the third conference match we’ve had that was really close and we felt could’ve gone our way,” Southeastern head coach Jason Hayes said. “I can’t ask any more of our players as far as the effort they are putting forward every time out. If we continue to play hard and fight, we’ll get the results we’re looking for moving forward.”

SFA had Southeastern on the brink of defeat early, as the Ladyjacks took a 3-0 lead with two doubles wins and straight-set victories on courts 1 and 6.

Vorotnikova (5-5, 3-2 Southland) put Southeastern on the board on court 3. She won her third straight match, defeating Gabi Guilarte, 6-2, 7-5.

SFA clinched the victory with a tight victory on No. 4, as Liza Aginskaya held off Lion junior Lucia Bustamante, 7-5, 6-4 to give the Ladyjacks the clinching fourth point. The final two singles matches were settled in three sets.

On No. 2, Holtkamp (5-6, 2-3 Southland) rallied from a set down to defeat Darinka Tiboldi, 6-7, 7-5, 10-7. The final match was decided on court 5, as Southeastern junior Natalie Duran saw Kaja Ljubic rally past her, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, to provide the final 5-2 margin.

Stephen F. Austin 5, Southeastern Louisiana 2
Singles:
No. 1 Denise Maxi (SFA) def. Dany Raygadas (SLU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Fleur Holtkamp (SLU) def. Darinka Tiboldi (SFA) 6-7, 7-5, 10-7
No. 3 Madina Vorotnikova (SLU) def. Gabi Guilarte (SFA) 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 Liza Aginskaya (SFA) def. Lucia Bustamante (SLU) 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 Kaja Ljubic (SFA) def. Natalie Duran (SLU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 Sian Payne (SFA) def. Yasmine Taylor (SLU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:
No. 1 Guilarte/Maxi (SFA) def. Bustamante/Raygadas (SLU) 6-3
No. 2 Duran/Vorotnikova (SLU) vs. Payne/Tiboldi (SFA) unfinished
No. 3 Aginskaya/Ljubic (SFA) def. Holtkamp/Taylor (SLU) 6-2

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Kemmler Chapple

Kemmler Chapple

Sports Information Director, Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics

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