LA Tech Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Nicholls State



Feb. 24, 2013

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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."

Nicholls State (6-3) struck first with a win at the No. 3 spot by Natalia Cardiff and Emma Pitre over LA Tech's Alena Erofeyeva and Sophie Heldoorn, 8-6.

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.



The match was knotted at three after ten Dolle took down Cardiff at No. 1 in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).

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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