Feb. 3, 2013
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RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech tennis team's rally fell short on Saturday as they dropped the match 4-2 to Southeastern Louisiana at the Lady Techster Tennis Complex.
LA Tech (1-1) lost the doubles point as Alena Erofeyeva and Sophie Heldoorn fell to SELU's Adriana Castillo and Renee Villarreal, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles shortly followed by the loss of Melanie Urvoy and Taly Merker to Sarah Kriem and Reginka Nychytailova, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles.
Southeastern La. (2-0) also grabbed the first singles point of the day with a victory at the No. 2 spot as Nastya Tokareva defeated Manoela Chiacchio in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
The Lady Lions then went up 3-0 in the match with a win by their No. 5 player Kriem 6-4, 6-2 over Erofeyeva.
The tide then started to turn for the Lady Techsters after Urvoy picked up LA Tech's first point with a straight sets win of her own, 6-4, 6-2 against Valya Rusakova.
SELU took the first set in the remaining three matches on the court, but the Techsters pushed each one to a third set, picking up their second point at No. 1 singles by Vivian ten Dolle over Nastya Tokareva, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Heldoorn had just extended her match at No. 6 singles to a third set when Merker was edged by Villarreal 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for the clinching point.
"We are working for the girls to stay mentally tough despite the score," said head coach Freddy Gomez. "Keep competing was our message. We have to continue to work and learn from that lesson. We are looking forward to getting back and doing better next match."
Louisiana Tech returns to action next Sunday, Feb. 10 with a 2:00 p.m. match at Northwestern State.
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