LA Tech Finishes Fall Season on High Note
Oct. 29, 2017
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The Louisiana Tech women's tennis team won 10 out of 13 matches combined between singles and doubles to round out its fall schedule on Sunday in the Bearkat Invitational at the McAdams Tennis Center.
For the entire tournament, facing the host Sam Houston State as well as UTSA and UT Rio Grande Valley, LA Tech went 14-7 in singles action and 5-4 in doubles.
"I'm really pleased with the progress we've made as a team," head coach Amanda Stone said. "Sonia and Angela had awesome fall seasons and were great leaders on the court this weekend. I really liked the format of the tournament because it was very similar to the dual matches we will play in the spring and that was good for our freshmen to experience.
"This has been the tournament all along that we really wanted to measure out improvement as a team. The competition level was similar to the ULM Invite and by direct comparison, we were night and day better. I'm happy that all the players came away with wins and can continue to build confidence."
Chen play at the No. 2 spot, downing Ivan Ilic (UTSA) 6-3, 6-2 and Khee Yen Wee (SHSU) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (5) on Saturday, and Dominique Fuster (UTRGV) 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
Also playing at the No. 2 position in dubs, Chen and Montalvo continued their strong play coming off the ITA Southern Regionals to win matches of 6-1, 6-2 and 7-5.
Montalvo went 2-1 in singles at No. 3 with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 victory over UTSA's Laura Cabrera and fought back from dropping the second set in a tiebreaker to win 10-7 in the super-breaker versus UTRGV's Anastasis Bevaeva.
Senior Angela Lorenzo battled opponents at the top of the lineup, going to a third set super-breaker in all three singles matches. She outlasted Denisa Ibrahimovic of UTSA with a 10-6 win and Lasya Patnaik of UT Rio Grande Valley with a 14-12 win.
She also teamed up with freshman Andrea Perez-Lopez to go 1-2 at No. 3 in doubles, winning 6-3 over Sam Houston State on Sunday. Perez-Lopez was also able to not one singles victory, defeating Doris Aleksovka (UTRGV) in straight sets at No. 6.
Along with Chen, freshman Paulina Cota went undefeated in singles. From the No. 7 position, she cruised to wins of 6-2, 6-2 against Diya Menon (UTSA), 6-0, 6-1 versus Clarissa Escamilla (SHSU) and 6-1, 6-4 over Emma Tranberg (UTRGV).
Sophomore Nadja Manjon was able to get into the win column three times (two in singles and one in doubles with freshman Claudia Oravcova). She overpowered Kylee Kato of UTSA, 6-1, 6-0 and outlasted Dominique Ibana of UTRGV, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10) at No. 4.
The duo, playing at the top spot in doubles, overcame two losses on Saturday to win 7-5 on Sunday against the Bearkats. Oravcova not a singles win as well at No. 5, winning 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (6) versus the host school.
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