DENTON, Texas (4/19/2012) — The No. 8 Arkansas State tennis team fell to No. 9 Florida-Atlantic 4-0 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tennis Tournament in Denton, Texas Thursday afternoon.
The Red Wolves dropped the doubles point to fall behind 1-0 early in the match. FAU’s Marlene Ryan and Natalia Tomaszewicz defeated Janie Nowland and Ceara Howey 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles match, while Natasha Phillips and Catalina Ene defeated Jess Heeps-Eriksen and Janelle Fung 8-4 to clinch the point.
“It was a disappointing end to our season,” ASU tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. “We must now regroup and start preparing for next season. We definitely have a great group of girls on our team and can accomplish a lot.”
In singles competition, ASU lost the No. 4, 5 and 6 matches, which clinched the victory for the Owls. Howey lost to Ene 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 4 match, while Heeps-Eriksen was defeated by Mrazkova 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 5 match. Fung suffered a 6-0, 6-0 setback to Tomaszewicz in the No. 6 match. The No. 1, 2 and 3 matches were not finished.
The Red Wolves finished the season with an 11-9 record.
Tennis Match Results
Florida Atlantic vs Arkansas State
Apr 19, 2012 at Denton, Texas
Florida Atlantic 4, Arkansas State 0
1. Slijepcevic, Tamara (ASU) vs. Humair, Justine (FAU) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0, unfinished
2. Nowland, Janie (ASU) vs. Ryan, Marlene (FAU) 7-6, 5-0, unfinished
3. Miloshevska, Biljana (ASU) vs. Basma, Natasha (FAU) 6-7, 4-4, unfinished
4. Ene, Catalina (FAU) def. Howey, Ceara (ASU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Mrazkova, Erika (FAU) def. Heeps-Eriksen, Jess (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Tomaszewicz, Natalia (FAU) def. Fung, Janelle (ASU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Ryan, Marlene/Tomaszewicz, Natalia (FAU) def. Nowland, Janie/Howey, Ceara (ASU) 8-6
2. Slijepcevic, Tamara/Miloshevska, Biljana (ASU) vs. Humair, Justine/Basma, Natasha (FAU) 7-7, unfinished
3. Ene, Catalina/Phillips, Natasha (FAU) def. Fung, Janelle/Heeps-Eriksen, Jess (ASU) 8-4
Florida Atlantic 10-8
Arkansas State 11-9