Lady Techsters Grab WAC Opening Victory

Freshman Manoela Chiacchio scored the game-clinching point

March 21, 2013

Final Stats

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In the first conference match of the season, the Louisiana Tech tennis team held on for a 4-3 win over Texas State on Thursday evening at the Spartan Tennis Complex.

LA Tech (6-3, 1-0 WAC) extended its winning streak to five games after notching its first conference win since April 10, 2010 when they defeated San Jose State 5-2 in Ruston.

The Lady Techsters came out of the gates strong, sweeping all three doubles matches and quickly grabbing singles wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.

Freshmen Alexandra Starkova and Joanna Nalborska accounted for all three points, first teaming up to win 8-2 over Monica Pieratt and Berenice Van Den Bergh to go along with the 8-4 victory by Taly Merker and Melanie Urvoy and the 7-6 (7-2) victory by Vivian ten Dolle and Manoela Chiacchio

Starkova then defeated Melissa Hadad 6-1, 6-2 followed by Naborka's straight sets win over Pieratt 6-1, 7-5.

Texas State (4-5, 1-1 WAC) would not go away quietly though as the Bobcats clawed back by winning three points at the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 spots before LA Tech's Chiacchio sealed the WAC opening victory at the No. 6 singles with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win over Van Den Bergh.

"We started off the match very much in control, but give a lot of credit to Texas State who fought back really hard today and played a great match," said head coach Freddy Gomez. "We know each team here is hard to play against. However, I see our team taking the opportunity to prove itself and edge our competition. We just have to continue to learn from every match and experience."



Conference play continues on Friday for the Lady Techsters as they take on host school San Jose State with the first serve set for 4 p.m. CT.

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