BOCA RATON, Fla. (2/22/13) – The Arkansas State women’s tennis team lost a 5-2 decision to Florida Atlantic Friday. The loss drops the Red Wolves to 2-2 overall and 0-2 against teams from the Sun Belt Conference on the season.
A-State won the doubles point over the Owls as ASU swept all three matches. ASU’s No. 1 pair of Janie Nowland/Ioana Teu won easily over Claire-Mitchell Andrews/Taylor Briggs by a score of 8-1. The next two matches were much closer, but both of ASU’s pairs came out with wins. Tamara Slijepcevic/Biljana Miloshevska won 9-7 over FAU’s pair of Marlene Ryan/Stephanie Cardullo and Jess Heeps-Eriksen/Sofia Krsmanovic defeated FAU’s duo of Catalina Ene/Natasha Phillips by a count of 9-7.
The Red Wolves didn’t fare as well in the singles competition. Miloshevska was the lone ASU victor as she won her match in straight sets 7-6, 6-4 over Natalia Tomaszewicz. Slijepcevic saw her match winning streak stop at 12 as she fell to Ryan of FAU in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. Nowland was defeated in her match 6-3, 6-2 against Ene and Teu lost her match to Natasha Basma 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. Freshman Chiara Stefanov lost her match against Briggs of FAU in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, while Heeps-Eriksen lost her match to Cardullo by a score of 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
“We played good doubles, but didn’t carry that desire over to singles,” ASU tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. “You have to have a good attitude if you want to win close matches. Biljana played a great match though.”
The Red Wolves will take on conference foe Florida International in their next match at noon on Sunday.
1. Marlene Ryan (FAU) def. Tamara Slijepcevic (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Catalina Ene (FAU) def. Janie Nowland (ASU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Ioana Teu (ASU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
4. Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) def. Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU) 7-6, 6-4
5. Taylor Briggs (FAU) def. Chiara Stefanov (ASU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) def. Jess Heeps-Eriksen 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
Doubles Competition3. Jess Heeps-Eriksen/Sofia Krsmanovic (ASU) def. Catalina Ene/Natasha Phillips (FAU) 9-7