April 23, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The top-seeded Northwestern State Demons took care of business in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament on Friday at the HEB Tennis Complex, defeating the eighth-seeded Ladyjacks, 4-0.
The loss closes out the year for SFA at 9-11 while the Lady Demons push their record to an impressive 18-1 mark.
It was the third straight season that SFA had qualified for the SLC Tournament, but it was a short-lived experience as Northwestern State took both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches to seal the doubles point before earning three points in No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to finish off the match.
"I think everybody played real well, they played hard," SFA head coach Bret Arrant said. "Northwestern has a great team, you can tell by the way they finished in conference and going undefeated. We went out there with the idea that we can upset them. We worked hard and played hard, we just didn't quite have it today."
SFA's No. 2 doubles duo of Paola Montuenga and Alice Pacaut went down 8-1 to Martina Rubesova and Andrea Nedorostova, while Meaghan Ocanas and Tatiana Smolnikova fell to Bianca Schulz and Kathrin Lang by the same score in No. 3 doubles.
In singles action the Ladyjacks were getting solid performances from Roxana Enica, Alina Shazkho and Andreea Enica, but each of those matches went unfinished as the Lady Demons swept through the remaining matches without dropping a set.
Lange was the first to score for Northwestern State, defeating Pacaut (6-2, 6-1) in the No. 4 slot before Rubesova closed out her match with Montuenga (6-4, 6-2) to put the Lady Demons in position to finish the match.
They did just that when Nedorostova finished off Smolnikova (6-3, 6-3) in straight for the final point.