A-State Women's Tennis concludes competition at FGCU Invitational

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State women's tennis team added five more wins on the last day of the Florida Gulf Coast University Invitational at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday morning.

A-State posted two third-place finishes in singles play with Tamara Slijepcevic earning a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Northwestern State's Polina Konop  in Flight A, while Julie Gauguery finished third in Flight B with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over FGCU's Bettina Botha.  Biljana Miloshevska earned a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 win over FAU's Catalina Ene in other Flight A singles action.

A-State's pair of Janie Nowland/Slijepcevic recorded one of A-State's two doubles wins by posting a 7-5 win over Florida Atlantic's pair of Boos/Ene, while Jess Heeps-Eriksen/Victoria Pisani defeated teammates Sofia Krsmanovic/Chiara Stefanov 6-3.

"I'm proud of Tamara and Julie for finishing third in their singles flights," A-State women's tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said.  "Biljana played a great singles match today and I'm proud of Janie, Tamara, Victoria, and Jess for playing well in doubles.  Overall, this was a great tournament to get us ready for dual matches."

Nowland fell to Iowa State's Samantha Budai 7-6, 6-1 in Flight A singles play and Heeps-Eriksen suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to FGCU's Johanna Sterkel in her final singles match of the competition.  In Flight C singles action, Stefanov fell to Northwestern State's Amy Williams by a score of 6-4, 6-1 and Krsmanovic was defeated by Iowa State's Caroline Andersen 6-1, 6-2.

The Red Wolves ended the tournament with 16 wins and look to build upon that success as the squad opens up the dual match season Saturday, Feb. 1 in Murray, Ky., against the Murray State Racers.