LAFAYETTE, La. (10/5/13) – The Arkansas State women’s tennis team competed in the ULL Invitational Friday Oct. 4 and Saturday Oct. 5.  The tournament was shortened by rain before the doubles competition was able to finish.

Senior Janie Nowland advanced to the finals of her flight by defeating Jasmin Britos of Louisiana Tech 7-5, 1-6, (6) and Lamar’s Anna Spengler 6-3, 6-1.  She fell in the finals to Northwestern State’s Aliona Ladutska 1-6, 6-2, (7).

Junior Tamara Slijepcevic finished third in her flight and started off the first day with a win over Louisiana Tech’s Alexandra Starkova 4-6, 6-1, (7).  She fell to McNeese State’s Sara Castellano 7-5, 6-2 in her second match, but bounced back to defeat Southern Miss’s Carolin Drescher 3-6, 6-4, (5) in the third-place match.

Freshman Julie Gauguery topped ULL’s Julie Cremers in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 before falling to UNO’s Soledad Calderon Arroyo 6-4, 6-4 in the first day of competition.  She bounced back to beat Petya Simeonova of Northwestern State 6-0, 6-0 to finish in third place of her flight.

“We had a successful tournament,” A-State tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said.  “Janie played great singles and doubles and I’m proud of how she competed.  It was great for Julie to place third in her flight as a freshman.  We accomplished some good things this weekend.”

Senior Biljana Miloshevska fell to Southern Miss’s Alex Kitchen 6-4, 6-3 but bounced back to defeat ULL’s Juliette Clement 4-6, 6-3, (8) in the first day of competition.  She fell to ULM’s Justyna Krol 6-4, 6-4 in her last match of the tournament.  Jess Heeps-Eriksen won her last match of the tournament over Nicholls State’s Isla Brock by a score of 6-2, 7-5 after dropping her first two matches of the tournament. 

Slijepcevic/Nowland won their only doubles match of the tournament by defeating ULL’s Phiri/Breaux 8-5.  All the other A-State doubles pairs lost their first matches and weren’t able to play any other matches due to the weather.

Arkansas State continues its fall season at the Regional Tournament Oct. 17-21 in Norman, Okla.