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    SFA Downs SHSU 5-2 On Good Friday
    Malena Gordo
    Malena Gordo

    April 18, 2014

    Final Stats

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin women's tennis team picked up their fourth consecutive win at home with a 5-2 win over Sam Houston State on Friday at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

    "Happy with the way we competed in singles," head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. "Our rivalry with Sam Houston is very special, and they were very competitive today."

    The Ladyjacks (11-9, 7-4 SLC), after dropping a contested doubles point, responded with five victories in singles against SHSU (4-12, 2-9 SLC) to pick up their first match win since April 5.

    The tandem of junior Julia Lorca and Malena Gordo downed Imke Jagau and Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) of the Bearkats 8-3 in No. 1 doubles, before both picked up wins in singles play. Gordo picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win over Olivia Battye in No. 1 singles, as Lorca beat Stevenson 6-1, 6-1 in No. 4 singles.

    Freshman Denise Maxl held on for a 6-2, 7-5 win over Jagau in No. 2 singles.

    Sophomores Valeria Terentyeva and Kateryna Bugayenko picked up wins in No. 3 and No. 6 singles to secure the victory. Terentyeva beat Natalie Petaia 6-3, 6-4 and Bugayenko defeated Isabella Costa 6-3, 6-0.

    SFA will close out the regular season on Saturday against Lamar. The match is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. and will mark the final home match for seniors Laura Servise and Rachel Pierce in Nacogdoches.

    Postmatch Quotes
    Head coach Roberto Aspillaga

    On Julia Lorca...
    "Julia was very solid in singles and doubles for the second match in a row. If she continues to play with this urgency, she will finish the season on a high note."

    On Valeria Terentyeva...
    "It was positive to see Lera stepping up to playing No. 3 singles and taking care of business for the second match in a row. I am very proud of how much she has grown as a player this year. She needs to continue to play with discipline and decisiveness. She will be a key player for us for the reminder of her collegiate career."

    On Malena Gordo...
    "Malena had a great match today. It's always fun to sit back and just watch your players do what they are supposed to do. She really is playing great tennis out there."

    On regular season finale verse Lamar...
    "We will need to come out stronger in doubles tomorrow against Lamar. Their doubles is always strong and this year is no exception. I am looking forward to playing our last match at home and coaching our seniors in front of our crowd one last time."

    Stephen F. Austin 5, Sam Houston State 2
    April 18, 2014 at Nacogdoches, Texas (Schlief Tennis Complex) 

    Singles Competition:
    1. Malena Gordo (SFA) def. Olivia Battye (SHSU) 6-2, 6-2
    2. Denise Maxl (SFA) def. Imke Jagau (SHSU) 6-2, 7-5
    3. Valeria Terentyeva (SFA) def. Natalie Petaia (SHSU) 6-3, 6-4
    4. Julia Lorca (SFA) def. Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) 6-1, 6-1
    5. Karen Martinez (SHSU) def. Laura Servise (SFA) 7-5, 6-1
    6. Kateryna Bugayenko (SFA) def. Isabella Costa (SHSU) 6-3, 6-0

    Doubles Competition:
    1. Julia Lorca / Malena Gordo (SFA) def. Imke Jagau / Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) 8-3
    2. Olivia Battye / Karen Martinez (SHSU) def. Laura Servise / Rachel Pierce (SFA) 8-2
    3. Isabella Costa / Natalie Petaia (SHSU) def. Denise Maxl / Macarena Sedano Acosta (SFA) 8-6