March 14, 2014
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech tennis looks to start a new winning streak this weekend but it will be another tough challenge as they travel to face UL-Lafayette on Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Cajun Courts.
LA Tech (11-2, 3-0 C-USA) will then travel down I-10 to take on 23rd ranked Houston on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Houston Country Club.
The Lady Techsters are coming off a grueling stretch that saw this young squad comprised of one senior and the rest sophomores and freshmen win three straight before having its 11-match winning streak snap at nationally ranked TCU. They wound up finishing 3-1 in the four road matches in four days.
"I see the potential that these young ladies have," said head coach Chad Camper. "Yes, we are winning but we can do better and be more efficient. Also with playing four matches in four days, I was very impressed with our fitness.
"[This weekend] I will be rotating some players and mixing some things up. I want new challenges and to accomplish new tasks. We will need to find a way in getting the doubles point."
The team is 21-15 in doubles matches this season and lost three of the four doubles points during the last stretch, but was able to overcome it with solid singles play at the back end.
Manoela Chiacchio has been one of those staples, playing predominantly at No. 5 or No. 6 where she is currently riding a nine-match winning streak.
UL-Lafayette (5-10) has lost three straight matches, the last coming at McNeese State. Juliette Clement leads the team with a 7-3 record in dual match singles.
Sunday's opponent Houston (11-3) went from being unranked at the start of the spring to now being a top-25 program with wins over nationally ranked North Texas, Washington State, Washington and Tulsa.
No. 80 ranked Despoina Vogasari boasts a 12-2 record at No. 1 singles.
"With Houston at No. 23 in the country, they will be a team that will have a lot of weapons. We will have to all be playing at a very high level to come out with a win, but these women are excited for the opportunity."
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