March 16, 2008
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech tennis team fell in matches this weekend against McNeese State and Nicholls State. The Lady Techsters lost 6-1 to the Cowgirls of McNeese State at home on Saturday and dropped a match 7-0 at Nicholls State on Friday.
The Techsters (2-14) missed some opportunities to score in doubles play but still battled with the Cowgirls (4-7) before dropping all three matches. The No. 2 tandem of Rocio Juarez and Carolina Pachon tangled with McNeese State's Maria del Rocio Frausto Cornish and Petra Gudelj but fell 8-5.
Tech lost the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches both 8-3. Alexandra Gaspar and Mallory fell to Meri Gol Alamo and Victoria Martinez at No. 1. Tech's Ashley Wedderburn and Ada Makowska dropped their match to Natscha Jongeneel and Inga Efimenko.
In singles action, Makowska continued to play well getting her third win in four matches. Makowska bested Gudelj in the No. 4 slot in three sets with the third set a 10-point pro-set. Makowska fell in the first set 6-1 and stormed back with a 6-2 win in the second. She held off Gudelj in the third set 10-7 to get the win and earn Tech's lone point for the match.
Gaspar fell in a long three-set match just being edged by Martinez at No. 2. Gaspar claimed the first set 6-4 and lost in a tiebreaker in the second. The third set went to Martinez in a pro-set 11-9. Newcomer Pachon fell in a battle 6-3, 6-3 to Efimenko. Wedderburn struggled in the No. 1 position against Alamo falling 6-0, 6-0. Juarez was bested by Jongeneel 6-3, 6-1, and Mallory Smith fell 6-1, 6-0 to Frausto Cornish.
On Friday, the Techsters were swept by Nicholls State (8-4). The team of Gaspar and Smith fell 8-4 in doubles to Florina Nosca and Melissa Harrison. Juarez and Pachon could not get going against Anne-Claire Murier and Sanja Stanojcic falling 8-0. Wedderburn and Makowska fell 8-2 to the team of Natalia Zomora and Sumana Kalyanasundram.
Tech will be off all week and next face Centenary on the road March 25. The Techsters' home match against conference foe New Mexico State on March 24 has been cancelled.