SFA Stuns Islanders
March 10, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack (5-7/2-0 SLC) tennis team overcame an early deficit to upset No. 69 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday evening, 4-3, at the Schlief Tennis Complex in Nacogdoches, Texas. The match, which was originally scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., was moved to a 5 p.m. start due to rain in the area.
Things didn't start out well for SFA as the nationally ranked Islanders swept all three doubles matches to win the doubles point. After surrendering the one-point advantage, the Ladyjacks quickly regrouped to stun A&M-Corpus Christi by taking five of the first six singles sets. SFA turned that quick start into easy points.
Sophomores Malena Gordo and Julia Lorca made quick work of their opponents to give SFA it first lead, 2-1. It was a lead the Ladyjacks wouldn't surrender. Freshman Valeria Terentyeva added to the lead with her 6-0, 6-3, win over the Islanders' Chelsea Horan at No. 5 singles.
Terentyeva's victory put SFA in the driver seat needing only one victory in the final three matches for the win, but all three of those matches were forced to third sets. The drama was over almost as quickly as it got started.
Almost a mirror image of Saturday's win over Sam Houston State, Servise battled back from a first-set loss to force a third, but made quick work of her opponent in the final two sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. A&M-Corpus Christi closed out the match with wins at No. 3 and 4 singles for the final score.
The Ladyjacks return to action Thursday when they will step away from Southland Conference action to face UTSA. The match is slated to begin at 11 a.m. from Schlief Tennis Complex.