ASU Tennis Defeats SEMO to Improve to 2-1 on the Season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's tennis team competed against regional rival Southeast Missouri Saturday and improved to 2-1 on the young season as the Red Wolves took down the Redhawks 6-1.

Sophomore Tamara Slijepcevic improved to 3-0 on the year and now has a 12-match winning streak as she defeated Heather Robinson 4-6, 6-0, 10-3.  Junior Janie Nowland was victorious in her match against Nikole Novikova by a score of 6-2, 6-3.

Junior Biljana Miloshevska defeated Melissa Martin in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 while freshman Chiara Stefanov was also victorious in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 over Lauren Schaper.  Senior Ioana Teu lost her match to Jessica Courtnell 6-3, 6-0 to give SEMO its only point on the day.  Sophomore Jess Heeps-Eriksen won by default.

In doubles action, ASU's pair of Slijepcevic/Miloshevska won 8-4 over Courtnell/Martin while the A-State duo of Teu/Nowland fell in a tough match 9-8 against Robinson/Novikova.  Heeps-Eriksen and Sofia Krsmanovic won their doubles match by default since Arkansas State had already clinched the overall match victory.

"It was nice to get a win today, especially since we played on two indoor carpet courts," said ASU tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht.  "This was a good confidence builder before two important conference matches."

A-State's next match is Friday, Feb. 22 against conference opponent Florida Atlantic.  Action in Boca Raton is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Singles Competition

1. Tamara Slijepcevic (ASU) def. Heather Robinson (SEMO) 4-6, 6-0, 10-3

2. Janie Nowland (ASU) def. Nikole Novikova (SEMO) 6-2, 6-3

3. Jessica Courtnell (SEMO) def. Ioana Teu (ASU) 6-3, 6-0

4. Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) def. Melissa Martin (SEMO) 6-4, 6-4

5. Chiara Stefanov (ASU) def. Lauren Shaper (SEMO) 6-3, 6-2

6. Jess Heeps-Eriksen (ASU) def. Elizabeth Nyenwe (SEMO) by default

Doubles Competition

1. Heather Robinson/Nikole Novikova (SEMO) def. Ioana Teu/Janie Nowland (ASU) 9-8

2. Tamara Slijepcevic/Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) def. Jessica Courtnell/Melissa Martin 8-4

3. Sofia Krsmanovic/Jess Heeps-Eriksen (ASU) def. Lauren Schaper/Elizabeth Nyenwe by default