ASU Tennis Drops SBC Match to Warhawks

MONROE, La. (4/1/12) – The Arkansas State tennis team lost its second-straight Sun Belt Conference match after a 6-1 loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Wolves collected just one match victory on the day and struggled to find consistency in both doubles and singles play. A-State now stands at 0-3 in Sun Belt Conference play and is 8-5 overall on the year.

"We played a great team today," ASU tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. "ULM will definitely be one of the top teams in our conference. We lacked heart and desire today. We hope to learn from today and turn things around in our next three conference matches."

ASU's only victory was posted by freshman Tamara Slijepcevic, who earned a 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 victory over Silvia Tumova in the No. 2 singles match. ULM captured straight set victories in all but one of the remaining singles matches.

In the No. 1 singles match ASU freshman Mariana Rong lost to Sophie Rufyikiri 6-3, 6-4, while Janie Nowland lost Medy Blankvoort 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 3 match. In the No. 4 match Ema Turudija defeated Biljana Miloshevska 6-7, 6-1, 6-2, while Vivian Polk earned 7-5, 7-5 over ASU junior Ioana Teu in the No. 5 match. Ceara Howey lost to Monica Winkel 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 6 match.

In doubles competition ASU dropped all three matches to give ULM the doubles point. In the No. 1 match Rong and Teu lost to Rufikiri and Tumova 8-7, while Nowland and Howey dropped the No. 2 match to Turidija and Blankvoort 8-4. In the No. 3 match Winkel and Rocher defeated Miloshevska and Heeps-Eriksen 8-3.

ASU will return to the courts Wednesday, April 4 for an SBC conference match against Arkansas-Little Rock at Allen Park. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.