Techsters Return Home for Three WAC Matches

Nalborska is coming off a 4-0 weekend in singles and doubles

March 28, 2013

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RUSTON - After opening up conference play in California with an impressive 3-1 mark, Louisiana Tech returns home to face three conference foes this weekend starting with Utah State on Friday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex.

Play will resume on Saturday for the Lady Techsters as they host No. 63 ranked Denver at 9:30 a.m. The final match will be on Sunday at 10 a.m. versus UTSA.

LA Tech (8-4, 3-1 WAC) currently sits in third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with wins over Texas State, New Mexico State and Seattle U.

"We are now in the middle of the season, and it's always nice to play at home," said head coach Freddy Gomez. "I'm sure that like any other match, these three this weekend will be tough, mentally and physically, and so we will have to approach them one by one and continue to play our tennis."

The Lady Techsters have won seven of their last eight matches, in large part due to the added depth of freshmen Alexandra Starkova and Joanna Nalborska.

The duo has teamed up to go a perfect 7-0 in doubles and each have a 6-1 record in singles action, earning both WAC Player of the Week honors this season.

Utah State (4-6, 0-1 WAC) is coming off its lone conference match of the season, a 5-2 loss at the hands of UT Arlington.

The Aggies are led by sophomore McKenzie Davis who was a second team All-WAC selection last season in singles and doubles. She is 8-2 this year at the No. 1 spot.

Denver (9-3, 2-0 WAC) enters this weekend tied with No. 73 ranked San Jose State atop the conference and UTSA (5-7, 0-1 WAC) is coming off a 6-1 non-conference loss to Abilene Christian with its lone win coming from the No. 6 singles position.

Gomez and Co. hopes to use their home court advantage in order to keep pace in the WAC.

"We have a special group of fans and supporters here in Ruston, our seventh man," said Gomez. "We hope to see everyone pulling for us during this weekend. However, we need to continue to show our fighting spirit throughout each match, as this has always been a key factor in college tennis. Our group of players is very united and they are doing a great job competing as a team."

Twitter users can receive live in-match updates by following @LATechTEN on Twitter.




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