SFA Too Much for Islanders
April 5, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Although Stephen F. Austin fell behind early in the doubles competition, the 'Jacks rallied to win the point and eventually the match Thursday afternoon over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-1. The nation's 50th-ranked team improved to 18-3 (.857) on the season, and remained perfect in Southland Conference play (8-0).
"You have to give credit to Corpus Christi," said head coach Patrick Sullivan. "They really came in here ready to play and definitely had more `get up and go' at the beginning of the match. We finally settled down and did what we had to do to win. This match was similar to the Northwestern State match in that the score was not indicative of how tough it was."
The 'Jacks won the first two doubles matches to secure the point and take a 1-0 lead heading into singles competition. It marked the 17th consecutive match where SFA has not lost the doubles competition. Lone senior Alina Shazhko wasted no time extending the 'Jacks' lead. She posted a 6-3, 6-1, victory over Doris Kuselj at No. 2 singles to hand SFA a 2-0 advantage.
Junior Antonia Kolovou was the next SFA player off the court with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at the No. 5 position. Freshman Elena Kordolaimi recorded the match winner with her odd score at No. 1 singles. After dropping the opening set, 6-0, Kordolaimi rallied for 6-0, 6-0 scores in the second and third sets for the win. Freshman Tereza Bekerova and Julia Lorca also posted singles wins Thursday.
"We're happy about the (8-0 start) but we haven't accomplished anything yet," said Sullivan. "We still have three very tough matches coming up, and are focused on those. We need to take it one match at a time."