Techsters Complete Saturday Sweep

March 8, 2014

HOUSTON - Saturday was supposed to start a stretch of four matches in four days for Louisiana Tech, but possible inclement weather tomorrow quickly turned into two matches in one day.

The sudden change in schedule did not bother the Lady Techsters though as they swept both neutral site matches, 6-1 over Tyler Junior College and 5-2 over Connecticut, at the John E. Hoff Courts on the campus of the University of Houston.

The two victories continued the great start to the season, having now won 10 straight (10-1, 3-0 C-USA) which eclipses last year's season-high streak of nine.

"We couldn't rely on our best shots today," said head coach Chad Camper. "We had to play a different style versus both opponents. We were able to learn a lot about ourselves and became a better program as a result.

"Tyler Junior College battled and so did UConn. UConn is a great young program and really came after us, quickly putting us on defense but we were to pull out wins. It takes all seven players for us to win as a team. If one lets up then we can find ourselves in trouble."

Tyler JC (11-2) came in on a nine-match winning streak of its own, but the Techsters set the tone with the doubles point - 8-4 win at No. 2 and 8-2 win at No. 3.

Coach Camper switched up his singles lineup at the top, moving Joanna Nalborska to one, Alexandra Starkova to two and Jazmin Britos to three.

Nalborska delivered the first win in singles, a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Fausthyara Pietersz. Britos then completed her match with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ashleigh De Wet.

The team win was sealed when Manoela Chiacchio defeated Paige Murdock, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 5. Insurance victories came from Melanie Urvoy and Taly Merker.

 

 

With a brief break in the action, LA Tech then faced off against Connecticut from the American Athletic Conference.

This time, it was the opposition that came out firing. UConn (2-7) was able to notch the doubles point with an 8-7 (2) tiebreaker win at No. 3 from Jennifer Learmonth and Marie Garguilo.

The singles lineup stayed the same for coach Camper, and the depth at the end got the Techsters back into the game with straight set victories by Chiacchio and Merker.

However, the Huskies tied the match up, 2-2, as Srna Stosljevic upended Nalborska, 6-3, 6-4. Britos then came up big again for LA Tech as the freshman remained unbeaten in singles for the spring dual season, taking down Maxene Weinberg, 6-0, 7-5.

The clincher came from Starkova who battled back after being a set down to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

LA Tech will now have a day of rest before they head to north Texas to play at UT Arlington on Monday, March 10 at 2 p.m. and then at No. 70 ranked TCU on Tuesday, March 11 at 10 a.m.

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