A-State Tennis defeats Evansville 6-1 behind strong singles play

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State women's tennis team improved to 3-5 and ended a four-match losing skid with a 6-1 victory over Evansville (6-6) Saturday.  A-State won all six singles matches to earn their points.

All A-State singles players won their respective matches in straight sets.  Tamara Slijepcevic defeated Natasha James 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 1 spot, while Janie Nowland secured another ASU point with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Marketa Trousilova in the No. 2 spot.

Biljana Miloshevska continued ASU's winning ways with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Marina Moreno.  Ioana Teu picked up her first singles victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Mina Milovic.  Jess Heeps-Eriksen had little trouble with Gaby Fifer in a 6-0, 6-0 victory and Sofia Krsmanovic won her first singles match of the year with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Emily Richardson.

Evansville was able to take the doubles point though as they swept all three matches.

"This was a great win for us," ASU head coach Marina Engelbrecht said.  "We worked hard this week on being tougher mentally and playing as a team.  We did that today and I'm proud of my team."

A-State will be back in action for another home match March 24 as they take on Southern Illinois-Carbondale at 11:00 a.m.

Singles Competition

1. Tamara Slijepcevic (ASU) def. Natasha James (EVANS.) 6-4, 6-2

2. Janie Nowland (ASU) def. Marketa Trousilova (EVANS.) 7-5, 6-4

3. Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) def. Marina Moreno (EVANS.) 6-1, 6-2

4. Ioana Teu (ASU) def. Mina Milovic (EVANS.) 6-2, 6-2

5. Jess Heeps-Eriksen (ASU) def. Gaby Fifer (EVANS.) 6-0, 6-0

6. Sofia Krsmanovic (ASU) def. Emily Richardson (EVANS.) 6-1, 7-5

Doubles Competition

1. Natasha James/Marketa Trousilova (EVANS.) def. Ioana Teu/Janie Nowland (ASU) 9-7

2. Kelsey Costales/Marina Moreno (EVANS.) def. Tamara Slijepcevic/Biljana Miloshevska (ASU) 8-1

3. Gaby Fifer/Emily Richardson (EVANS.) def. Sofia Krsmanovic/Jess Heeps-Eriksen (ASU) 8-4