JONESBORO, Ark. (1/28/18) – The Arkansas State women’s tennis lost to Central Arkansas 4-0 Sunday afternoon in the first outdoor of the season at the A-State Tennis Complex.

The Red Wolves (0-6) fell behind early after dropping the doubles’ point to the Bears despite closes scores in all three matches. Kirsty Venter and Sabina Jeresic stayed close with Rada Manataweewat and QiLi Ma through the first four points of the match, before eventually falling 6-3.

Anita Detlava and Berta Masdevall Masip also stayed with their opponents, Chunan Xiang and Amiru Shimoguchi, before also dropping their match 6-3 to give UCA the point. Shelby King and Shannon O'Brien were ahead in their match at 5-4, when the point was clinched.

In singles’ competition, Central Arkansas used three straight set victories to claim the match. Hee-Jin Oh downed Masedvall Masip 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 4, while Ma defeated Jeresic 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 3 match. The Bears clinched the overall match with a highly completive contest in the No. 2 when Xiang defeated Detlava 6-3, 6-3.

When the match was called, King was headed to a third set with Pornpawee Pramethong after taking the first 7-5, before dropping the second at 3-6. Also, O’Brien was locked in a tight battle with Shimoguchi and was tied in the second at 2-2 after losing the first 7-6 on a tiebreak. Venter was unable to finish her matchup after fighting back from a first set 6-1 loss to lead 6-5 at the time of the match point was clinched.

The Red Wolves will return to the courts on Feb. 2 when they will take on Northern Kentucky in Lexington.

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