April 11, 2014
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech tennis team has been on the verge of getting a signature win for the program this season.
The Lady Techsters will have another opportunity on Saturday afternoon as they close out the regular season at traditional power SMU with first serve set at 12 p.m. at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas.
"SMU is historically a great program that has regularly been nationally ranked," said head coach Chad Camper. "I feel defeating SMU would be a real confidence booster for us going into the Conference USA Tournament. We still have a few loose ends to wrap up in our games in both singles and doubles and I think this is a perfect match to try to do so."
LA Tech (14-5) has had four of its five losses this spring come against teams who were nationally ranked, but the opportunities were there for the taking.
Most recently at No. 47 Arkansas, the Techsters came out firing in singles, getting breaks of serves to go up early in the first set on five of the six courts.
The Razorbacks stormed back though by surviving several set points and overtook the match.
One of the players for LA Tech to nearly clinch their match before play was halted was Jazmin Britos. The freshman has been rock solid this dual season, recording a team-best 13-2 record from the No. 3 and No. 4 spots.
After a shaky start with losing eight of its first nine matches, SMU (9-11) has since won eight of its last 11 matches, most recently sweeping a week of games against Middle Tennessee, Texas State and UTSA.
"SMU had a few tough losses which set them back, but they have been playing strong tennis since," said Camper. "They have strong doubles teams and its top three in singles is very tough so we need to be ready at every position. There will be no easy points. It's going to take every player to put a full effort."
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