April 26, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - A valiant effort by Louisiana Tech came up short in the WAC semifinals as the Lady Techsters were defeated by San Jose State, 4-2, at the Gates Tennis Center, ending a historic season for first-year head coach Freddy Gomez and his squad.
No. 3 seeded LA Tech (15-5) had hopes of pulling off the upset over the No. 2 seeded SJSU (18-5), but the Techsters struggled out of the gates in the doubles portion of the match.
The Spartans quickly clinched the doubles points with wins of 8-0 and 8-2 at the No. 3 and No. 1 spots, respectively.
The Techsters would not go down without a fight though as they responded well in the early parts of singles.
All-conference freshman Manoela Chiacchio continued her dominance at the No. 6 position as she breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jessica Willett to extend her winning streak to a 11-games and tie the match up at one all.
However, minutes later the Spartans retook the lead with Erica Medlin besting Tech's Melanie Urvoy 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4.
The team match would even up again when freshman Alexandra Starkova cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win against Sabastian Leon Chao, a player she had lost to earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, a huge battle was going on at the No. 1 court that pitted the WAC Freshman of the Year in Tech's Joanna Nalborska versus the WAC Player of the Year in SJSU's nationally-ranked Klaudia Bozcova.
Nalborska broke the serve of Bozcova in the first set to go up 5-3, but Bozcova recovered to take the set and the match 7-5, 6-3.
With senior Vivian ten Dolle ready to push her match to a third set at No. 3, the Spartans were able to clinch a berth into the WAC Finals with a 6-3, 6-1 win by Julianna Bacelar over freshman Taly Merker.
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