ASU Tennis downs UCA 7-0

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – The Arkansas State tennis team picked up a 7-0 over Central Arkansas on Wednesday at Allen Park.

The Red Wolves (8-3) did not a drop a point on the day, winning all nine matches it played. Senior Ceara Howey extended her win streak to eight straight with a 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 victory over Kazumi Otani in the No. 6 singles match. Mariana Rong earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Simona Horsikyan in the No. 1 singles match, while Tamara Slijepcevic defeated Allison Murphy 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match.

Ioana Teu won her second straight match with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Sasha Ruocco in the No. 5 match, while Janie Nowland defeated Kristina Horsikyan 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 3 match. Biljana Miloshevska earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Allison Hartman in the No. 4 match.

In doubles competition Nowland and Howey were paired together for the first time this season and earned an 8-4 victory over Simona Horsikyan and Otana in the No. 2 doubles match. In the No. 3 doubles match Miloshevska and Slijepcevic competed together for the first time on the year and earned an 8-4 victory over Kristina Horsikyan and Ruocco. In the No. 1 match Rong and Teu picked up an 8-3 victory over Hartman and Murphy to move their doubles record to 7-3 on the year.

"I am proud of the girls for this win," ASU tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. "We are heading into the most important part of our season and to get a win before a long stretch of conference matches was important."

ASU will return to the courts on Friday at Allen Park for a match against Sun Belt Conference opponent Middle Tennessee State. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Tennis Match Results

Central Arkansas vs Arkansas State

March 28, 2012 at Jonesboro, Ark.

Arkansas State 7, Central Arkansas 0

Singles competition

1. Mariana Rong (ASU) def. Horsikyan, Simona (UCA) 6-2, 6-1

2. Tamara Slijepcevic (ASU) def. Murphy, Allison (UCA) 6-4, 6-2

3. Janie Nowland (ASU) def. Horsikyan, Kristina (UCA) 6-4, 6-3

4. Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) def. Hartman, Allison (UCA) 6-0, 6-3

5. Ioana Teu (ASU) def. Ruocco, Sasha (UCA) 6-2, 7-6

6. Ceara Howey (ASU) def. Otani, Kazumi (UCA) 6-4, 6-7, 10-8

Doubles competition

1. Mariana Rong/Ioana Teu (ASU) def. Hartman, Allison/Murphy, Allison (UCA) 8-3

2. Janie Nowland/Ceara Howey (ASU) def. Horsikyan, Simona/Otani, Kazumi (UCA) 8-4

3. Tamara Slijepcevic/Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) def. Horsikyan, Kristina/Ruocco, Sasha (UCA) 8-4

Match Notes:

Central Arkansas 6-10

Arkansas State 8-3