Lady Techsters Open WAC Play with Four Matches in Three Days

Freshman Taly Merker has won four straight singles matches
Freshman Taly Merker has won four straight singles matches

March 20, 2013

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RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech tennis team takes its four game winning streak out west to open up WAC play against four teams, starting on Thursday, March 21 at 12 p.m. versus Texas State at the Spartan Tennis Complex.

The Lady Techsters will also take on host school San Jose State on Friday at 4 p.m. CT, followed by two matches on Saturday against New Mexico State at 9 a.m. and Seattle U at 6 p.m.

LA Tech (5-3) is coming off its most impressive performance of the season, a 4-3 win over in-state rival Northwestern State.

The Lady Techsters had previously lost lopsided matches of 7-0, 7-0 and 6-1 to NSU, but rode the success of its four freshmen who all had a hand in winning the four needed points for the victory.

"Our team has been getting the most out of each match we have played this season, win or lose," said head coach Freddy Gomez. "Our players are competing better every week. However, this trip is no different than any other and we will continue to focus on the things we have been working on."

The late additions of freshmen Alexandra Starkova and Joanna Nalborska has added much needed depth to a lineup that will have the daunting task of traveling all the way to California and facing four conference opponents in three days, one of which is nationally ranked.

"Getting off to a good start in conference play will continue to build confidence in our players and make them realize that we will contend for the WAC championship," said Gomez. "Every team here is very good, and we will have to earn what we get. We are looking forward to coming out humble and hungry from the first point to the last."

Texas State (4-4) enters this round robin week having already won a conference match against rival UTSA. The Bobcats and Lady Techsters share a common opponent in Northwestern State, a team Texas State suffered a 4-3 loss to a month ago.

The remaining WAC teams will be playing their first conference matches, including San Jose State (8-4) who comes in as the No. 69 ranked team in the country according to the latest ITF rankings.

In singles play, sophomore Klaudia Boczova is nationally ranked for the third week in a row at No. 47.

New Mexico State (4-7) is riding a three-game winning streak into this week's contests after defeating arch rival UTEP 4-3.

Junior Ros-Polly Nguyen sits on a 7-3 overall singles record to lead the Aggies.

The last match of the weekend will be against Seattle U (3-5).

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