Six players will be participating in the invitational
No. 5 seed LA Tech will take on No. 4 seed Marshall on Friday at 1 p.m. CT
Conference USA Tournament starts on Wednesday, April 16 in Norfolk, Va.
More than 100 Tech athletes earn academic honor
28 LA Tech Student-Athletes Earn Honor
SPRING 2014: In singles, finished with an 8-2 record in dual matches and 0-1 in C-USA play ... Played every match but one from the No. 6 spot ... Saw her first action of the year at Central Arkansas (2/9) with a 6-2, 6-3 win ... Had the clinching point against Grambling State (2/15) 6-0, 6-0 in her lone match at No. 5 ... Won one of two matches at SMU with a 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory ... In doubles, went 7-4 by teaming up with Jazmin Britos, Manoela Chiacchio and Marta Sramkova ... Spent all matches but one at the No. 3 spot ... Started the season with four straight wins with two clinching doubles points ... Secured the doubles point with an 8-5 win against Northwestern State (3/30).
FALL 2013: Compiled a 9-5 singles record in the fall season ... Reeled off four straight wins to reach the finals of the ITA Southern Regionals B Draw before falling to Mary-Angela Martin (South Alabama) ... Advanced to the semifinals of the Big Easy Tennis Classic ... Recorded a 2-2 mark in doubles, partnering with Manoela Chiacchio.
SPRING 2013: Earned Academic All-WAC ... In singles, finished the season 10-6 in dual matches and 3-3 in WAC play ... Started the year playing at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots before settling in at No. 5 ... Won first career match in season opener against Central Arkansas (1/26) 6-2, 6-2 ... Won three setter at UALR (3/2) with 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory ... Sealed team win against Seattle U (3/23) with 6-2, 6-1 victory ... Provided the clinching point against WAC foe UTSA (3/31) with 6-0, 6-4 win ... Recorded a five-match winning streak to end the regular season ... In doubles, teamed up with Melanie Urvoy to go 9-6 in duals and 5-2 in WAC play, primarily from the No. 3 position ... Secured doubles point in season opener against Central Arkansas (1/26) with 8-4 win ... Won lone doubles match at No. 1 versus Southern (3/9) 8-5 ... Capped doubles point in 4-3 edging of NCAA Tournament participant Northwestern State (3/14).
Prior to LA Tech: Received her international baccalaureate diploma from Nuevo Mundo High School ... Was a national championship finalist in singles and doubles champion (18y) for ITF Guayaquil ... Won COSAT 16 Guayaquil singles and doubles titles ... Placed fourth at the South American championship (16y) as racquet three on the Ecuadorian team ... Coached by Andres Gomez.
Club: Member of the Anexo Guayaquil Tennis Club.
Personal: Daughter of Moshe Merker and Saby Pinoargote ... Has one younger brother Daniel (16) ... Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador on April 15, 1994.