March 10, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - For the third time in the last four matches, Louisiana Tech found itself quickly down by losing the doubles point.
And once again the Lady Techsters overcame it with their singles depth to come out on top as they defeated UT Arlington, 4-2, on Monday afternoon at the UTA Tennis Center.
Dropping doubles has become a bit of a bad habit for LA Tech (11-1, 3-0 C-USA), but the players have been plenty confident in the six singles matches which has played a huge role in the 11-match winning streak.
"Each match it seems like we are losing the doubles point in different ways," said head coach Chad Camper. "I'm confident that we are going to find the right mix and be able to execute. It is just going to take some time, but for today we were able to overcome it against a tough UT Arlington team.
"Everyone stepped up. We knew even if we won it, it was going to be a battle and it was."
With four matches left in action all were headed into a third set, but it was Alexandra Starkova's gutsy effort at No. 1 that seemed to turn the tide for the Techsters.
After Starkova rallied to take her match into a third set, Joanna Nalborska came up with big shot after big shot to win at No. 2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 versus Elizabeth Thoms.
With the team match knotted up at 2-2, Starkova came through with the 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory versus Giada D'ortona.
"We had a lot going against us today and we just found another way to win," said Camper. "You have to find a way to come back and overcome obstacles and this team is the definition of that. Not only did we win today, we got a lot better. Our doubles will catch up to our singles. It is just a matter of time."
LA Tech will be put to the test again tomorrow as they travel down I-20 to nearby Fort Worth to take on No. 70 ranked TCU at 10 a.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
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