March 12, 2011
RUSTON - Despite a great effort, the Louisiana Tech tennis team was swept by No. 60 Fresno State 7-0 in its Western Athletic Conference opener on Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex.
The Lady Techsters fell to 4-4 on the season, 0-1 in the WAC and dropped their first home game after winning their first three. Fresno State improved to 4-7 overall and 2-0 in the WAC.
"I used to time the matches and tell the girls to stay out there", said fifth year Tech head coach Quinton Yray. "This match lasted nearly three and a half hours in total, but I remember when some of the matches would be over in as little as 29 minutes, with the average being around 45 minutes."
The day started with some closely played doubles matches. In No. 2 doubles, the Tech duo of Vivian ten Dolle and Maartje de Wit led 6-3 over FSU's Olga Kirpicheva and Melissa McQueen. However, the Bulldogs won the next five games to win 8-6.
In No. 3 doubles, Tech's Melanie Urvoy and Alena Erofeyeva led 5-4 over Mary Abby Hayley and Laura Pola only to fall 8-6.
In No. 1 doubles, FSU's Marianne Jodoin and Bianca Modoc defeated Anna Zurek and Elne Barnard 8-5.
"It really could have gone either way in doubles," Yray said. "I'm very pleased with the way the girls played in their doubles matches."
The closest singles match of the day came at the No. 2 spot as Pola defeated ten Dolle 6-1, 7-6 (10-4).
In another close match, Kirpicheva defeated Zurek 6-1, 7-5 in No. 6 singles.
"It was a very close match as you can tell by the scores, but we fell just a bit short," Yray said. "Unfortunately we came up against a very good Fresno team. They were just a bit too strong for us. Even though we lost I know the girls are ready and willing to put more work in to improve more than we already have."
Louisiana Tech will next be in action on Tuesday, March 22 as it hosts Jackson State at 5 p.m.