Lorenzo Returns in LA Tech’s 4-1 Win over Stetson
March 5, 2018
DELAND, Fla. – Coming off a foot injury, senior Angela Lorenzo made her first appearance of the spring and had an immediate impact for the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team as the Lady Techsters picked up a 4-1 victory over Stetson on Monday morning at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.
LA Tech (3-4) got off to a strong start, grabbing the doubles point for the first time this season. That momentum carried over into singles where Lorenzo and three of her teammates collected straight-set victories to claim the win.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team,” head coach Amanda Stone said. “This was a huge win for us at this point in the season. We focused a lot going into this match on playing with fire and fighting every point. We felt like we had more after the loss to FAU so today we set the bar high and really answered the call.
“Being consistent in the way we approach every match is really going to make a difference for us and build that good foundation we want as a program.”
It was going to be a tough matchup for LA Tech on the road against a Stetson (7-3) team who came in with a 5-1 home record and dual wins over Florida Atlantic and Iowa State.
The Lady Techsters needed to come out with a lot of energy, and that they did. The duo of Claudia Oravcova and Sonia Chen cruised to a 6-1 win on court three in doubles over Arijana Korac and Maxine Bateman, registering their team-best third dual victory of the spring.
After the Hatters tied it up with a win on court two, the doubles point came down to the No. 1 position where the tandem of Nadja Manjon and Karla De La Luz Montalvo prevailed over Danel Ashirova and Vicky Geurinckx by a set score of 6-4.
Stetson was able to knot the match up at 1-1 in singles play with a win at the No. 3 position. However, it was all Lady Techsters from there.
Chen trailed 4-2 in the first set, but then the junior got into a groove and reeled off wins in 10 of the next 12 games to take down Bateman on court five by a final score of 6-4, 6-2 for her third straight singles victory.
Soon thereafter, it was Lorenzo playing in the No. 2 spot who won four straight games to claim the first set 6-2. She then finished off her opponent Geurinckx 6-2 in the second set to make the team match 3-1 in favor of LA Tech.
“It was great having Angela back today,” Stone said. “She played excellent. It makes a different having her in the lineup because whether she is winning or losing, she is so competitive. That becomes contagious. We are going to enjoy this for a day or two, then we will focus on our home match weekend. We are excited to play in front of our fans again.”
After helping clinch the doubles point for the Lady Techsters early on, Manjon later clinched the match with a strong 6-4, 6-4 victory versus Brooke Milner on court four. It marked her team-best fifth singles win.
LA Tech will now return home for a four-game home stand, starting on Saturday, March 10 versus crosstown foe Grambling State. First serve is set for 12 p.m.
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