LA Tech Edges Northwestern State 4-3 for Fourth Straight Win

Alexandra Starkova notched the clinching singles point for LA Tech

March 15, 2013

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NATCHITOCHES, La. - After struggling through a three-game losing streak, the Louisiana Tech tennis team has found its groove after winning its fourth straight match, a 4-3 edging of Northwestern State on Thursday evening at the Jack Fisher Tennis Complex.

LA Tech (5-3) had previously lost lopsided matches of 7-0, 7-0 and 6-1 to the in-state rival, but rode the success of its four freshmen who all had a hand in winning the four needed points for the victory.

"I'm very proud of the way we are competing at the moment," said head coach Freddy Gomez. "Overall, everyone did a good job in keeping with the course of the match. Northwestern State is a tough team with very good talent, especially at the top. They kept fighting and it was a great match and competition for both teams."

The day began with freshmen Alexandra Starkova and Joanna Nalborska joining forces at the No. 2 spot for their third straight doubles win, an 8-3 decision over Polina Konop and Natalya Krutova.

The Lady Techsters clinched the doubles point on the 8-4 win by Melanie Urvoy and Taly Merker at No. 3 against Daniela Simonova and Amy Williams.

NSU (5-5) quickly evened the score when Konop took down Vivian ten Dolle 6-1, 6-1, but freshman Manoela Chiacchio gave LA Tech the advantage once again with her straight sets win of 6-2, 6-3.

The remaining four singles matches went the distance, going three sets.

The Lady Demons recorded a point at the No. 3 singles versus Nalborska, her first singles loss of the season. The Lady Techsters regained the lead again thanks to Merker at the No. 5 slot with a 6-1, 6-7 (7-3), 6-0 win.



Northwestern State evened the match yet again, 3-3, after a hard-fought win from the No. 4 position. However, it was Starkova who clinched the team victory with a grueling 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win.

"We are glad we came out on top," said Gomez. "Now we will just catch a little break and have a good time with some fans at the court at the spring tennis blast in Ruston before we return to our practices. We have to improve every day for the rest of the season."

On Friday, LA Tech will host a spring blast mixer at 4:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex.

The Ruston tennis community is encouraged to come out to play doubles with the LA Tech tennis team as well as enjoy drinks, snacks and music. All levels of tennis are welcome to come to the free event.

The Lady Techster players will also be giving out and signing 2013 team posters. For more information please contact head coach Freddy Gomez at (318) 557-8141 or

For complete coverage of LA Tech Tennis, please follow @LATechTEN on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at


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