Perez-Lopez Clinches 4-3 Win for LA Tech
March 11, 2018
RUSTON – With the match tied up at 3-all, freshman Andrea Perez-Lopez pulled out a three-set win on court five to clinch the 4-3 victory for Louisiana Tech over Incarnate Word on Sunday afternoon at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
Incarnate Word (1-11) battled back though, coming out on top in three straight singles matches to bring it all down to the final court where Perez-Lopez outdueled Alejandra Landaluce 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
“I’m really happy being able to pick up our second win in a row,” head coach Amanda Stone said. “Hopefully we can use this as momentum going into our next couple of matches. I was especially happy with doubles. We came out firing on all three courts.
“Our captains really came through for us. They took care of business in singles which gave us momentum with tougher courts going on.”
The Lady Techsters played arguably its best doubles of the season to get things started off. Perez-Lopez teamed up with fellow freshman Karla De La Luz Montalvo and registered a 6-2 win over Matea Zemunik and Victoria Kareh at the No. 1 spot.
LA Tech then had two match points going on at the same time on courts two and three. It was Sonia Chen and Claudia Oravcova who won first, improving to a team-best 4-1 mark by defeating Jelena Dordan and Alejandra Tamayo 6-3 to clinch the doubles point for the home team.
Lorenzo continued to make her presence felt in her return from injury, cruising to a 6-2, 6-3 win versus Rachel Sadiq on court six to give the Lady Techsters a 2-0 lead. Chen wrapped up her fourth straight singles win seconds later, overpowering Kareh in straight sets as well with a final score of 6-2, 6-2 on court three.
That’s when the Cardinals came storming back. First, the visitors picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win at the No. 4 spot, followed by a 7-6, 6-4 win at the No. 1 position. Dordan then tied the team match up at 3-3 with a win in three sets at No. 2.
Perez-Lopez was close to wrapping her match in the second set, but Landaluce fought off multiple match points to ultimately force a third set with a 7-3 win in a tiebreaker. Perez-Lopez rebounded nicely, racing out to a 4-0 lead. After being broken at 5-2, the Mexico native was down 40-30 and then laced a backhand winner and forced a shot out wide after a long rally to give LA Tech its second straight victory.
“Andrea put herself in a great position, going up two breaks in the third,” Stone said. “She was able to put a lot of pressure on her opponent, making it easier on her to finish out the match. It was a big step for her cause she has not been in that position before. I thought she handled it well and came through when we really needed her too.”
LA Tech continues its three-game home stand on Monday as they take on crosstown foe Grambling State on Monday. First serve is set for 4 p.m. at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
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