JONESBORO, Ark. (2/24/18) – Shannon O'Brien battled back from a three-point deficit in the third set of her match to propel Arkansas State to a 4-3 victory over Southeast Missouri Saturday night at the Indoor Tennis Courts at the Jonesboro Country Club.

O’Brien cruised to a first set 6-0 victory over Kelly Sicha in the first set, but struggled to find her rythym in the second set in a 6-4 loss. In the third set, O’Brien fell behind 3-0 early, but battled back to take a 6-5 lead. Serving with a 40-15 advantage, O’Brien and Kelly exchanged a in a long rally before Kelly eventually returned a shot that went wide to give O’Brien and the Red Wolves the win.

“I’m very proud of Shannon and the whole team for the way we battled tonight,” A-State head coach Kel Lange said. “We learned a lot about ourselves in this match and the way we continued to fight when things didn’t quite go our way is something we can build upon.”

The Red Wolves took an early advantage in the match by taking the doubles’ point. Shelby King and Shannon O’Brien improved their doubles’ record to 4-3 with a 6-2 victory, while Kirsty Venter and Sabina Jeresic earned their third victory of the season with a 6-1 win.

In other singles’ competition, Jeresic defeated the Rehawks’ Alessandra Maya Thompson 7-6 (8), 6-3 while Venter downed Maja Lundell 6-3, 6-2 to round out the victories for A-State.

The Red Wolves return home to take on Texas-Tyler on Feb. 17.

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Tennis Match Results

Arkansas State vs SEMO

Feb 24, 2018 at Jonesboro, Arkansas

(Jonesboro Country Club)

Eastern Kentucky 4, Arkansas State 3

Singles competition

  1. DOROSHENKO, O. (SEMO) def. Shelby King (ASU) 7-5, 6-0
  2. ZONOVA, Kseniya (SEMO) def. Anita Detlava (ASU) 6-3, 6-4
  3. Sabina Jeresic (ASU) def. MAYA THOMPSON, A. (SEMO) 7-6 (8-0), 6-3
  4. EMELIE, Anais (SEMO) def. Berta Masdevall Masip (ASU) 6-3, 7-5
  5. Shannon O'Brien (ASU) def. SICHA, Kelly (SEMO) 6-0, 4-6, 7-5
  6. Kirsty Venter (ASU) def. LUNDELL, Maja (SEMO) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. Anita Detlava/Berta Masdevall Masip (ASU) vs. SICHA, Kelly/ZONOVA, Kseniya (SEMO) 5-2, unfinished
  2. Shelby King/Shannon O'Brien (ASU) def. MAYA THOMPSON, A./DOROSHENKO, O. (SEMO) 6-2
  3. Kirsty Venter/Sabina Jeresic (ASU) def. EMELIE, Anais/LUNDELL, Maja (SEMO) 6-1

Match Notes: Arkansas State 1-7 Eastern Kentucky 2-1