Chen, Montalvo Claim Flight One Doubles Championship at Spring Kickoff Invite
Jan. 15, 2018
TROY, Alabama – The doubles duo of Sonia Chen and Karla De La Luz Montalvo picked up where they left off from the fall by claiming the Flight 1 championship on Monday as the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team got its spring season started at the Spring Kickoff Invite at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.
The three-day event was originally scheduled to take place in Pensacola, Florida but was moved to Troy, Alabama, facing the host school Troy Trojans as well as Murray State and Central Arkansas.
Chen and Montalvo teamed up to beat Troy’s Sanae Ohta and Nanacy Karaky, 6-3, on Saturday, a team they lost to back in the fall.
After falling to Murray State’s Jui-Yun Chang and Amina Hadzic, 6-4, on Sunday, the tandem rebounded on Monday to take down UCA’s Pornpawee Pramethong and Marli Van Heerden, 6-4.
“We made a good showing this weekend,” head coach Amanda Stone said. “We did a lot of good things in doubles. Sonia and Karla were flight winners and Nadja and Paulina competed really well for the first time together.
“In singles, we looked good building points and controlling the court. We made some errors, but at this point, that is going to happen. Our shots and precision will come. I’m glad we got some competitive matches under our belt before heading to Tulsa next weekend. It was a good start to the spring season.”
Cota and Manjon teamed up in doubles in Flight 2 and picked up a victory over Masson/Bjork, 6-0.
In singles action, Chen played in Flight 1 and registered one win in a marathon match versus Pornpawee Pramethong 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (9).
In Flight 2, Montalvo had one opponent default but also recorded a victory on day one against Anastassiya Sharapova of Murray State by a final score of 6-3, 6-2.
Manjon had similar results in Flight 3, having one opponent not play due to injury while taking down Aminda Hadzic of Murray State 7-6, 6-4. Meanwhile, Perez-Lopez finished the invitational strong by defeating Troy’s Maria Casas Blas 6-1, 6-3 in Flight 5 on Monday.
LA Tech returns to action on Friday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take part in the Hurricane Invite in a three-day event.
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