Nalborska, Starkova Notch Impressive Wins at ITF Austin Tourney

Nalborska became the first ever Lady Techster to earn conference Freshman of the Year accolades

July 29, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas - The Louisiana Tech freshmen duo of Joanna Nalborska and Alexandra Starkova played in their second ITF tournament of the summer notching more impressive wins, this time at the National Alliance Securities Austin Hill Country Class in Austin, Texas.

With over 70 players from 13 different countries around the world, some of the best netters made their way onto the hard courts at the Polo Tennis & Fitness Club.

Nalborska and Starkova each found themselves with tough opening round opponents in the qualifying draw, but each came away with straight set victories.

Starkova, a native of Madrid, Spain, cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Treslie Sadler, a former Division III All-American at Washington and Lee University.

Nalborska, a native of Warsaw, Poland, found herself in a tighter battle but was able to outlast the No. 1 singles player last season for the 28th ranked Oklahoma State Lady Cowboys in Malika Rose 6-4, 7-6 (7).

In round two, Starkova took a 4-3 lead in the first set versus Sierra Ellison who lettered at San Diego State, but ended up dropping the set and the match 6-4, 6-3.

The opponents would not get any easier for Nalborska either who drew Samantha Adams, an All-Big 12 netter at Texas Tech who was ranked as high as No. 49 in the nation last season. Nalborska would not be intimidated though as she breezed to a 6-4, 6-0 victory.

Needing one more win to qualify for the main draw, Nalborska delivered another straight sets victory again, this time over former Baylor Lady Bear Rachael Reed.

Now in the 32-person main draw, LA Tech's No. 1 netter faced Jessica Perez, a five-star recruit ranked 24th in the nation in USTA. Nalborska dropped the first set, the only one of the tournament she had surrendered thus far, but rebounded to defeat Perez 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.



The four-match winning streak came to an end though in the Round of 16 as she was bested by Beatrice Capra, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year and No. 2 player in the country by the ITA.

In Brazil, another fellow freshman in Manoela Chiacchio has also used the summer to play ITF events. Chiacchio received a wild card into the main draw at the Mundial De Tenis Feminino Do Interior hosted by her local tennis club and also participated at the Circuito Feminino Future De Tenis tourney.

The three Lady Techsters will now focus their attention on the upcoming fall season looking to improve on their all-conference performances.

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