SAN MARCOS, Texas (4/6/18) – The Arkansas State women’s tennis team notched its first Sun Belt Conference win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Louisiana Friday afternoon at the Bobcat Tennis Courts on the campus of Texas State University.
The Red Wolves set the tone early with aggressive play in the doubles’ match that resulted in wins on courts one and two to give A-State an early edge in the match. Shannon O’Brien and Shelby King helped swing the momentum in their favor with a 6-4 win on court two over Floriane Picaut and Dana Radovanovic, while Anita Detlava and Berta Masdevall Masip clinched the points with a 7-5 triumph over Elena Sava and Abby Johnson.
In singles’ competition the Ragin’ Cajuns rebounded with wins on courts five and two to go up 2-1, but Sabina Jeresic helped even the match with a straight set 6-2, 6-2 win over Sava. Jeresic is now leads the Red Wolves with an overall mark of 8-5 on the year and has won five straight matches.
Louisiana briefly took the lead back with a win a three set victory on court six, but King responded with a thrilling three set victory of her own on court one. The A-State redshirt sophomore fell behind after a tough 7-5 loss to Drew in the first set, but bounced back strong with a 6-1 score in the second set and then simply refused to lose in the third set with a 7-5 win.
Masdevall Masip then clinched the match for Arkansas State with a gripping three set match of her own. She fell behind to Radovanovic 7-5 in the opening set, but rebounded with 6-3, 6-4 wins in the final two sets to earn the victory and the match for the Red Wolves.
“I am so proud of this team,” A-State head coach Kel Lange said. “Everyone one contributed in winning a point in either singles’ or doubles. We showed a tremendous amount of determination today and we kept the faith that we would win. We can enjoy this one for a little bit, but we have to keep the same focus and mentality in tomorrow’s match.”
A-State will take on ULM Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Bobcat Tennis Courts.
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Tennis Match Results
Arkansas State vs Texas State
April 6, 2018 at San Marcos, Texas
Arkansas State 4, Louisiana 3
Shelby King (ASU) def. Kelly Drew (LA) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
Floriane Picaut (LA) def. Anita Detlava (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
Sabina Jeresic (ASU) def. Elena Sava (LA) 6-2, 6-2
Berta Masdevall Masip (ASU) def. Dana Radovanovic (LA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Abby Johnson (LA) def. Shannon O'Brien (ASU) 6-0, 6-2
Marina Rod. Garcia (LA) def. Kirsty Venter (ASU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
Arkansas State 6-12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,3,6,1,4)