SFA Returns to Win Column with 5-2 Victory at Southeastern Louisiana


March 19, 2017

Final Stats

Stephen F. Austin 5, Southeastern Louisiana 2
Records: Stephen F. Austin | 7-7, 3-3 Southland • Southeastern Louisiana | 3-8, 0-5 Southland
Up next: Northwestern State (10-4, 3-1 Southland) | Saturday, March 25 | Noon | Schlief Tennis Complex

HAMMOND, La. - After getting its two-match Southland Conference winning streak snapped Saturday afternoon, the Stephen F. Austin women’s tennis team started a new one Sunday morning by collecting a 5-2 league victory at Southeastern Louisiana.

Four of the six singles wins went to SFA and the Ladyjacks pushed their record back to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in Southland Conference play.

The Ladyjacks never fell behind in the match, getting a pair of wins in doubles action to secure the team point in that area for the third time in the last four matches. Denise Maxl and Gabi Guilarte improved to 5-2 when taking the court together with their 6-3 win over Lucia Bustamante and Dany Raygadas in the number-one doubles slot.

That win, coupled with Liza Aginskaya and Kaja Ljubic winning a 6-2 result over Fleur Holtkamp and Yasmine Taylor in the third flight, gave the Ladyjacks a 1-0 lead.

Playing in her first collegiate singles match, freshman Siân Payne made short work of Taylor in the sixth singles spot with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph. SFA’s lead got pushed to 3-0 after Maxl handed Raygadas a 6-1, 6-3 loss in the top-flight singles match.

With Payne playing in the sixth singles spot, Aginskaya moved up to the number-four singles spot for the first time this season and responded by capturing a 7-5, 6-4 win over Bustamante. That win was the 10th of the season for the product of Dneprodzerjinsk, Ukraine, and upped her singles mark to 10-1 in 2017.

Ljubic closed out the Ladyjacks’ win by battling back from a 6-3 loss in the opening set to pick up a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Natalie Duran in the fifth flight. That win was the fourth in a row for the sophomore and her first in the number five singles slot.

Stephen F. Austin returns to the Schlief Tennis Complex Saturday for its lone match of the week. The Ladyjacks play host to Northwestern State at noon for a Southland Conference battle.

Stephen F. Austin 5, Southeastern Louisiana 2
Mar 19, 2017 at Hammond, La.

Singles competition
1. Maxl, Denise (SFA) def. Dany Raygadas (SLU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Fleur Holtkamp (SLU) def. Tiboldi, Darinka (SFA) 6-7, 7-5, 10-7
3. Madina Vorotnikova (SLU) def. Guilarte, Gabi (SFA) 6-2, 7-5
4. Aginskaya, Liza (SFA) def. Lucia Bustamante (SLU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Ljubic, Kaja (SFA) def. Natalie Duran (SLU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Payne, Sian (SFA) def. Yasmine Taylor (SLU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Guilarte, Gabi/Maxl, Denise (SFA) def. Lucia Bustamante/Dany Raygadas (SLU) 6-3
2. Natalie Duran/Madina Vorotnikova (SLU) vs. Payne, Sian/Tiboldi, Darinka (SFA) unfinished
3. Aginskaya, Liza/Ljubic, Kaja (SFA) def. Fleur Holtkamp/Yasmine Taylor (SLU) 6-2

Match Notes
Stephen F. Austin 7-7, 3-3 SLC
Southeastern Louisiana 3-8, 0-5 SLC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,3,4,2,5)

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