Feb. 24, 2013
RUSTON -- The Louisiana Tech tennis team rallied in singles after losing the doubles point, but dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Nicholls State on Sunday evening at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
The match was the third consecutive loss for LA Tech (1-3), and the doubles point has proved crucial in each tough defeat.
"I think our doubles is good and I think we have good chemistry," said head coach Freddy Gomez. "We are trying to do things a little bit better every time. We definitely need to get more solid on the doubles and some of those crucial points."
The No. 1 Lady Techster duo of Vivian ten Dolle and Manoela Chiacchio evened it with their 8-6 win, but the clinching point for the Colonels came at No. 2 where Melanie Urvoy and Taly Merker fell 8-5 to Marie Aubert and Isla Brock.
The pair of freshman, Merker and Chiacchio, quickly gave LA Tech the advantage with two impressive showings in singles, both winning easily 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 and No 4, respectively.
"[Taly and Manoela] came out and had a very good day," said Gomez. "They were in a very good state of mind and very focused, and that's the way I've been expecting them to play. I think maybe they are just getting settled into the college matches a little better and I hope we can continue to see them play that way."
NSU rallied to take the 3-2 lead on back-to-back wins at No. 5 as Brock defeated Erofeyeva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, and at No. 2 with Urvoy falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in what was her second consecutive match where she took the first set, but her opponent responded with set wins two and three.
However, it was only a few minutes after the conclusion at No. 1 that Nicholls took the No. 6 singles over Heldoorn, 7-6, 6-4, to take the win.
The Lady Techsters return to the courts on Saturday, March 2 as they take on UALR in Little Rock, Ark. at the Rebsamen Tennis Center.
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