April 24, 2013
WAC Tournament Central
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech tennis team takes its eight-game winning streak into the first round of the 2013 WAC Tournament against Texas State on Thursday at the Gates Tennis Center with the first serve set for 3 p.m. CT.
The tournament is being hosted by the University of Denver where altitude and cold temperatures may play a factor.
"We will definitely have to adjust, but I think everybody will have to adjust to that too," said head coach Freddy Gomez about the impending elements. "I think it is going to be a mental preparation more than anything, making sure we stay positive throughout matches. There are no excuses because everybody is playing under the same conditions."
LA Tech (14-4) enters the contest as the No. 3 seed, the program's highest seed ever in a conference tournament, after finishing WAC play with a 7-1 mark.
The Lady Techsters have won 13 of their last 14 matches and will be looking for their first ever WAC Tournament victory since joining the league in 2001.
As a result of their recent momentum, Gomez is keeping the singles and doubles lineups unchanged.
In singles, Joanna Nalborska will anchor the squad at the No. 1 spot, followed by Alexandra Starkova at No. 2, Vivian ten Dolle at No. 3, Melanie Urvoy at No. 4, Taly Merker at No. 5 and Manoela Chiacchio at No. 6.
In doubles, the duo of ten Dolle and Chiacchio will play from the No. 1 position, followed by the undefeated tandem of Nalborska and Starkova at No. 2 and Urvoy and Merker at No. 3.
Texas State (9-9) enters the match as the No. 6 seed after finishing with a 4-5 mark against WAC opponents this season.
The two teams squared off in the first conference match of the season with LA Tech edging out the Lady Bobcats, 4-3, in San Jose, Calif.
Starkova and Nalborska accounted for three of the four points with wins in singles and doubles. Chiacchio sealed the WAC opening victory at the No. 6 spot with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory.
"Texas State is a very good team and always plays with a lot of energy," said Gomez. "We know that they are much better than when we faced them before, but so are we. I think it is going to be a very good match because everybody is going to be ready to compete because, after all, we are playing for a spot in the NCAA Tournament."
Semifinal matches will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. CT and the conference championship will be decided on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.
Twitter users can receive live in-match updates by following @LATechTEN.