Intense Battle Ends in 4-3 Loss for LA Tech
March 13, 2018
RUSTON – It was an intense battle on Tuesday afternoon between Louisiana Tech and ULM, two schools separated by only 30 miles.
The dual match went back and forth for over three hours with it all coming down to court five in singles, ending in a hard-fought 4-3 loss by the Lady Techsters to the Warhawks at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
For the fourth straight match, LA Tech (5-5) came out firing in doubles and handily took the opening point from ULM (7-4) with victories on courts two and three. However, the Warhawks responded in singles with straight-set wins on courts one, two and six.
Claudia Oravcova managed to mount a huge comeback to win in three sets on court three, but Angela Lorenzo (playing just her third singles match since returning from a foot injury) ran out of gas, dropping her match in three sets.
“We are giving a lot of fight and giving it everything we have right now which I am really happy with,” head coach Amanda Stone said. “Claudia was a great example today. She came through big when we needed her and Angela gave it all she had, coming off an injury. I am also really happy with where our doubles is at right now. We have a little streak going there.”
The Lady Techsters have settled into their doubles lineups and they continue to outperform their opposition. Oravcova and Sonia Chen improved to a team-best 6-1 this spring – fourth straight – with a convincing 6-2 victory at the No. 3 spot over Karolina Silwanowicz and Florencia Salerno.
Then it was the combination of Lorenzo and Nadja Manjon who reeled off five straight games to take down the Warhawk duo of Madalina Grigoriu and Bianca Koen by a score of 6-2 at the No. 2 position to clinch the doubles point.
ULM struck first in singles though behind the play of undefeated Stefana Andrei at the top of the lineup. LA Tech struck back minutes later as Chen picked up her sixth straight victory in dominant fashion, downing Clara Rizea 6-1, 6-1.
Later on, the advantage went in favor of the visiting Warhawks who got wins from Grigoriu at the No. 6 spot and Karolina Snita at the No. 2 position.
ULM appeared to be on the verge of clinching the match on court three. Oravcova dropped the first set 6-3 to Teodora Radu, but flipped a switch to force a third set after winning the second 6-1. Radu had match point, up 5-4, but the freshman from Slovakia fought it off to break at deuce.
She then held serve at love and broke serve again to take the third set, 7-5, and tie the match up for a third time on the day at 3-all.
At the same time, Lorenzo and Silwanowicz were headed to a third set after the Warhawk forced it by winning the second set 7-5 in a tiebreaker. Lorenzo, not yet back at 100 percent, broke at 2-0 but that was the only game she was able to win as she ultimately fell 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.
“I think back to where we were a couple of weeks ago to now, we then went back to basics on a lot of things like what kind of players we want to be,” Stone said. “We have been really focused, day in and day out. We are a completely different team now. Win or lose on the court, everyone is competing and fighting now.”
LA Tech will now spend its next three matches on the road, starting on Saturday, March 17 at South Alabama. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m.
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