March 29, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech opened its three-game home stand with a dominating 6-1 victory over Utah State on Friday evening at the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex.
LA Tech (9-4, 4-1 WAC) notched its fourth conference win of the season and continue to get solid play from the lineup, top to bottom.
"We had a good day," said head coach Freddy Gomez. "We had a very good start in the doubles, especially our No. 2 team. Utah State is very good and came to compete. We just really stuck together, kept playing very disciplined and kept doing the same thing that we have been doing."
The Lady Techsters grabbed the 1-0 advantage by winning the doubles point, only surrendering seven games total to USU (4-7, 0-2 WAC).
The freshman tandem of Alexandra Starkova and Joanna Nalborska breezed to an 8-0 win over Hillary Hays and Kallie Sperry to remain undefeated on the dual season.
Vivian ten Dolle quickly collected LA Tech's second point of the day at the No. 3 singles after her opponent Kristina Voyteskohich retired during the first set due to injury.
Melanie Urvoy followed with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 4 spot over Julie Tukuafu, giving the team a 3-0 edge.
Utah State's McKenzie Davis got the Aggies on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Starkova, but just minutes later the reigning WAC Player of the Week Nalborska provided the clinching match point with a 6-3, 6-3 win of her own.
"I was very happy with Melanie at No. 4," said Gomez. "She just keeps working so hard and she wants to do so good for us. She got a nice win and she deserves it. Also Joanna at No. 2 had a tough match, but she keeps improving every week."
Insurance victories came from Taly Merker and Manoela Chiacchio at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
The Techsters have now won eight of their last nine matches, and will face a stiff test tomorrow as they take on No. 63 ranked Denver at 9:30 a.m.
"Tomorrow we are going to play with a lot of intensity, but we are also going to be very loose and confident," said Gomez. "We really look forward to the match. It should be a great one."
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