ASU Women's Tennis beats FAU in 1st Round of Sun Belt Championship

New Orleans (ASU) - The ninth-seeded Arkansas State women's
tennis team (8-8) posted a 4-0 sweep over eighth-seeded Florida
Atlantic (9-11) Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Sun Belt
Conference Tennis Championship at the University Tennis Center in New
Orleans, La.

"We are very happy to have beaten FAU, especially since they beat the
sixth seed Louisiana-Lafayette and the seventh seed Middle Tennessee
earlier in the season," said ASU head coach Marcia Williams.  "As a
team, we have played better our last two matches, and I hope we can
play even better tomorrow against Florida International."

The Red Wolves took the doubles point to open the match, winning at
No. 1 and 3.  Elne' Barnard and Rone' van Wyk defeated Justine Humair
and Cassie Bergeson, while Menna Kamal teamed up with Jenny Herring to
top Natasha Phillips and Natasha Basma.  Both sets were won by a score
of 8-3.

ASU posted three singles wins to take the match victory before the
Owls had a chance to rally.  Herring recorded a straight-set win over
Natalia Totevska 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2.  Ioana Teu defeated Basma 6-3, 6-0
at No. 4, and Maria Alemán topped Virginia Augustin 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6.

The Red Wolves will be back on the courts Friday to take on top-seeded
Florida International in an 11:30 a.m. second round matchup.