Top of Singles Lineup Delivers 4-1 Win in Home Opener
Feb. 18, 2018
RUSTON – After nearly a four-hour delay to get the courts dry from an early morning rain, the top of the singles lineup for the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team came through in what ended up as a 4-1 victory over Texas State in the spring home opener on Sunday afternoon at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
LA Tech (2-3) showed a lot of fight in doubles, but Texas State (0-4) battled back with some big points to take the doubles point with victories on courts one and two.
With just three courts dry, the top three singles positions went on first. Sonia Chen, Andrea Perez-Lopez and Nadja Manjon went back-to-back-to-back with singles wins. Then it was Karla De La Luz Montalvo clinching the team win with a straight-sets victory on court four.
“I was happy about doubles,” head coach Amanda Stone said. “Today was more about technical stuff we can work on. We were really looking for that fight and it came down to 7-5 on the last court. We showed a lot better today in doubles which helped in our singles a lot because we did not feel down.
“Sonia has been struggling with some tight losses, losing big points. Today, she was able to get those in the first set and rolled in the second. Andrea was the one that really turned it on. She has been fighting so hard at the top of the lineup. I was really proud of everyone. This week, we focused a lot on body language and fighting every point, playing with fire and the result followed.”
The duo of Chen and Claudia Oravcova got the day started off right for LA Tech, winning their second straight match with a 6-3 win on court three over Joy Chia Ming Ming and Sofia Murcia-Rodriguez.
Texas State evened things up though at the No. 1 position with a 6-4 win, bringing the doubles point down to the No. 2 spot between Manjon and Montalvo versus Rishona Israel-Lewis and Alex Jones.
The Lady Techsters were up 5-4 and on serve, but the Bobcats were able to break to even it up at 5-5. After holding serve, the visitors took advantage of some unforced errors and broke again to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 7-5 victory.
Playing on court three for the first time this spring, Chen quickly tied the team match up at 1-1. The junior was down 5-4 in the first set, but reeled off nine straight games to cruise to a 7-5, 6-0 win over Jones.
Perhaps the biggest performance of the day came from Perez-Lopez. The freshman was rock solid at the top spot, defeating Ana Perez 6-3, 6-2 for her first career dual singles win.
The most intense match was on court two between Manjon and Julia Navajo-Melendez. Manjon dropped the first set 6-3, but responded with a 6-3 win of her own in the second set. The sophomore held serve to go up 5-3 and then broke serve with a 13-shot relay on match point to win the third set, 6-3.
With the bottom three positions now on court, Montalvo made quick work at the No. 4 spot in overpowering Ming Ming by a final score of 6-3, 6-1 to clinch the match for the Lady Techsters.
It marked the fifth straight victory for LA Tech over Texas State. The Lady Techsters will take almost two weeks off for finals before they return to the courts on March 3 against Florida Atlantic.
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