Jan. 24, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Louisiana Tech tennis team's fell short on Friday evening in the spring season opener as the Lady Techsters dropped a 5-2 decision to Florida Gulf Coast at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
"It was a tough day for us today," said head coach Chad Camper. "FGCU played a great match and they deserve all of the credit. I hope we can build off this match. Sometimes you can learn more from losing than winning and this is one of those times.
LA Tech (0-1) notched the first win of the day from the No. 3 doubles spot with duo of Marta Sramkova and Melanie Urvoy taking a 6-1 victory, however FGCU (2-0) claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.
After being on the losing end in doubles, Alexandra Starkova (No. 2) and Jazmin Britos (No. 4) rebounded to notch straight set wins of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-2, respectively, giving the Lady Techsters a 2-1 advantage.
The Eagle's Sarah Means was able to tie the match up with a 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5) defeat of Joanna Nalborskaat No. 1.
Manoela Chiacchio saw her 11-match unbeaten streak dating back to last season come to an end as she fell 6-3, 6-1.
The clincher for FGCU came in another marathon match where the Eagles were able to come out on top again. Gyanna Mandic outlasted Tech's Melanie Urvoy 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9).
LA Tech will have another go for its first spring win on Saturday as they travel to Boca Raton to take on Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic. First serve is set for 10 a.m.
"FAU is a solid program," said Camper. "We will have to clean up some things in order to win."
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