LA Tech Falls to No. 47 Arkansas

April 4, 2014

Final Stats

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Louisiana Tech came out playing strong in singles by being up on five of the six courts, but No. 47 ranked Arkansas used a lot of big points to take a 4-0 win over the Lady Techsters on Friday morning at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center.

"I felt like we performed well in doubles, and even after we lost the doubles point, I thought we still had a great shot at winning this match," said head coach Chad Camper. "We got up early in singles on a lot of the courts, but you have to give credit to Arkansas who fought back.

"I think we have made some great gains since the beginning of the year and even from a month ago. I'm still excited about the last two matches we have this season. I think every day we are getting more and more prepared for the conference tournament."

A cold morning drove the match inside and Arkansas (13-12) was able to grab the doubles point to start off the day with victories at No. 2 and No. 3.

The duo of Jazmin Britos and Joanna Nalborska rallied at No. 1 to have the match all square at six-all, but the Razorbacks held serve and then broke Nalborska for the win.

Also making a comeback for LA Tech (14-5) was No. 3 with the combo of Taly Merker and Manoela Chiacchio who was about to go up 7-6 on their court before it was stopped.

After a 10-minute break, the Lady Techsters came out firing in singles, breaking early on five of the six courts.

However, the Razorbacks made it 2-0 as Sasha Shkorupeieva defeated Marta Sramkova 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4.



The next point for the home team came just a minute later as Shannon Hudson overcome being down 3-0 in the first set to win 12 of the next 13 games, taking a 6-4, 6-0 win from Alexandra Starkova.

The clincher then came on court five with Melanie Urvoy falling to Kimberley-Ann Surin 6-4, 6-2.

The remaining three matches were all neck-and-neck. Nalborska had three set points in the first set but dropped the tiebreaker 12-10.

The same went for Chiacchio at No. 6 as she had a handful of set points but lost the first set in a tiebreaker as well.

Britos was the lone Techster up in her match as she had a 6-2, 3-4 lead at No. 3.

Next up for LA Tech is the home finale on Sunday at 11 a.m. versus Conference USA foe Southern Miss.

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