SFA Tennis Thumps Louisiana Tech
Feb. 17, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack tennis team (2-5) recovered from a heartbreaking setback in the home opener to defeat Louisiana Tech, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Schlief Tennis Complex. The Lady Techsters could manage only one point, which came from a match where SFA had to retire due to injury despite having the lead.
"I thought we played with better energy today," said first-year SFA head coach Stephanie Wooten. "The girls put yesterday's loss behind them and really came out focused and ready to play today. The match was a lot closer than the score would indicate, but we were able to take the doubles point and that really set the tone for the rest of the day."
Despite going to a tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles, SFA won all three matches to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Margot de Haan took very little time giving SFA a 2-0 lead. She recorded a quick 6-1, 6-2, victory over Tech's Taly Merker. Sophomore Malena Gordo ousted Tech's Vivian ten Dolle, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 1 singles to give SFA an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Junior Laura Servise eliminated any thought of a Lady Techster comeback when she posted an identical 6-3, 6-3, victory at No. 6 singles.
SFA tacked on another point before Louisiana Tech got on the scoreboard with a victory at No. 5 singles, due to an injury. The Ladyjacks closed out the match with a hard-fought three-set match at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Julia Lorca outlasted Tech's Melanie Urvoy, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, for the final point.
The Ladyjacks return to action Saturday when they travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Tigers. The match against Missouri is slated to begin at 11 a.m.