NEW ORLEANS, La. (4/18/14) – The Arkansas State women’s tennis team had its season come to a close Friday afternoon at the City Park Tennis Center in New Orleans, La. as the Red Wolves lost to UT Arlington by a score of 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
After a three-hour weather delay, No. 7 seed A-State (6-11) and No. 2 seed UTA (13-7) began the doubles portion of the competition. The Mavericks earned the doubles point after winning two of the three matches over the Red Wolves.
The singles competition began with UTA’s Jessica Birowski taking a 6-2, 6-1 straight set win over A-State’s Victoria Pisani. Leading 2-0, the Mavericks got the final two points it needed for the 4-0 match victory when Ekaterina Tugarinova topped Jess Heeps-Eriksen 6-4, 6-2 and Giada D’Ortona came back to defeat Janie Nowland 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
“We would have loved to win today and we gave it everything we had, but we came up short,” A-State women’s tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. “We’re going to miss our seniors next year and I’m proud of everything they have accomplished for our team academically and on the court.”
The other three singles matches went unfished as Tamara Slijepcevic and Elizabeth Thoms were in the third set with Slijepcevic trailing 4-6, 6-3, 2-1. Julie Gauguery and Angeles de los Rios split the first two sets and stopped play with Gauguery leading 6-3, 3-6, 4-2. Astrid Gehre and Biljana Miloshevska were tied in the second set with Gehre leading 6-0, 6-6 (5-3).
The Arkansas State season comes to a close and marks the end of Nowland’s and Miloshevska’s careers as Red Wolves.
#2 UT Arlington 4, #7 Arkansas State 0
1. Elizabeth Thoms (UTAW) vs. Tamara Slijepcevic (A-STATE) 4-6, 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
2. Giada D'Ortona (UTAW) def. Janie Nowland (A-STATE) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. Angeles de los Rios (UTAW) vs. Julie Gauguery (A-STATE) 3-6, 6-3, 2-4, unfinished
4. Astrid Gehre (UTAW) vs. Biljana Miloshevska (A-STATE) 6-0, 6-6 (5-3), unfinished
5. Jessica Birowski (UTAW) def. Victoria Pisani (A-STATE) 6-2, 6-1
6. Ekaterina Tugarinova (UTAW) def. Jess Heeps-Eriksen (A-STATE) 6-4, 6-2
#7 Arkansas State 6-11
#2 UT Arlington 13-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,6,2)
2014 Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championship