JONESBORO, Ark. (2/25/14) – The Arkansas State women’s tennis team was victorious over in-state opponent Central Arkansas by a score of 6-1 Tuesday afternoon at Allen Park in Jonesboro.
The Red Wolves (2-3) earned the doubles point for a 1-0 lead after winning two of the three matches. A-State’s pair of Tamara Slijepcevic/Janie Nowland defeated UCA’s duo of Kelsey Williams/Allison Murphy 8-6 while Arkansas State’s Biljana Miloshevska/Julie Gauguery registered an 8-7 victory over the Bears’ pair of Kristina Horsikyan/Cassidy Crawford to clinch the point. Central Arkansas’s duo of Simona Horsikyan/Krizia Buck earned an 8-3 win over A-State’s pair of Jess Heeps-Eriksen/Victoria Pisani in the other doubles match.
A-State also played well in the singles competition by taking five of the six matches against the Bears (5-3). A-State’s Slijepcevic dropped the first set against UCA’s Simona Horsikyan, but came back to earn a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. The Red Wolves also picked up wins when Nowland defeated Crawford 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and Gauguery recorded a straight set victory against Williams 6-4, 6-1.
Arkansas State’s Miloshevska registered a 6-2, 6-4 straight set win over UCA’s Kristina Horsikyan and A-State’s Chiara Stefanov picked up her first singles victory of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 straight set triumph over Bianca Strukelj to set the Red Wolves’ score at six. UCA’s Buck defeated A-State’s Heeps-Eriksen 6-3, 6-3 to register the Bears’ only point of the contest.
“I’m proud of how the girls played today,” A-State women’s tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. “I loved the fighting attitude and desire they played with. This was a great win for us.”
The Red Wolves return to action Saturday, March 1 in Troy, Ala., against Kennesaw State in a neutral site contest scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.
1. Tamara Slijepcevic (A-STATE) def. Simona Horsikyan (UCA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Janie Nowland (A-STATE) def. Cassidy Crawford (UCA) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
3. Julie Gauguery (A-STATE) def. Kelsey Williams (UCA) 6-4, 6-1
4. Biljana Miloshevska (A-STATE) def. Kristina Horsikyan (UCA) 6-2, 6-4
5. Krizia Buck (UCA) def. Jess Heeps-Eriksen (A-STATE) 6-3, 6-3
6. Chiara Stefanov (A-STATE) def. Bianca Strukelj (UCA) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Competition3. Simona Horsikyan/Krizia Buck (UCA) def. Jess Heeps-Eriksen/Victoria Pisani (A-STATE) 8-3