ASU Tennis Falls to Troy in Conference Opener

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's tennis team was defeated by Troy 4-1 on Sunday.  The Red Wolves drop to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in Sun Belt Conference play on the young season.

Sophomore Tamara Slijepcevic ran her current match winning streak to 11 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Karoline Grymel.

"Tamara played an outstanding match," ASU tennis head coach Marina Engelbrecht said.  "I loved her focus, mental toughness and determination today."

Sophomore Jess Heeps-Eriksen lost a tough match to Rosaura Ramirez-Vega 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.  Junior Janie Nowland lost in straight sets to Hannah Toro 6-2, 6-2 while senior Ioana Teu fell to Lyubov Dorofeeva 6-1, 6-4.  Junior Biljana Miloshevska was defeated by Anja Cosovic 6-3, 6-1 which set the final mark of 4-1 Troy.

"We played a tough team today," Engelbrecht added.  "We didn't use the opportunities we had to win close games which would have given us the chance to win close matches."

A-State returns to action Feb. 10 at 5:00 p.m. against non-conference opponent Murray State in Jonesboro.

Singles competition

No. 1 match: Tamara Slijepcevic (ASU) def. Karoline Grymel (TROY) 6-2, 6-2

No. 2 match: Hannah Toro (TROY) def. Janie Nowland (ASU) 6-2, 6-2

No. 3 match: Lyubov Dorofeeva (TROY) def. Ioana Teu (ASU) 6-1, 6-4

No. 4 match: Anja Cosovic (TROY) def. Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) 6-3, 6-1

No. 6 match: Rosaura Ramirez-Vega (TROY) def. Jess Heeps-Eriksen (ASU) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5)