A-State Women’s Tennis yields 4-1 decision to Texas State
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JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — The Arkansas State women's tennis team lost to Texas State 4-1 Thursday morning in a neutral site match in Arlington, Texas at the University of Texas Arlington Tennis Complex.
Tamara Slijepcevic captured her 47th career victory with a straight set 6-1, 6-1 victory over Monica Pieratt in the No. 1 match, but the Red Wolves were unable to build upon the momentum and failed to win another point in singles competition.
Using a format similar to what will be used at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament later this month, once the match has been decided all remaining individual matches were stopped. Julie Gauguery was tied with the Bobcats' Anna Laura Gutierrez in the third set when the match was called. Gauguery dropped the first 6-4, but rallied for a 6-2 win in the second set and the duo were tied at one game each in the third set.
Chiara Stefanov's match with Katy Collins in the No. 6 position also did not finish. Collins won the first set 6-3 and was leading Stefanov 4-2 in the second set.
In other singles' matches Victoria Pisana lost to the Pippa Carr 6-4, 6-1, while Sabina Jeresic fell to Evan Dench 6-1, 6-4. Jess Heeps-Eriksen also dropped her match to Shannon Beckett 6-3, 6-2.
Texas State also won the doubles point with a pair of victories in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Gutierrez and Carr teamed to defeat A-State's Gauguery and Sofia Krsmanovic 8-4, while Pieratt and Beckett downed Heeps-Eriksen and Pisani 8-3.
The Red Wolves' pairing of Slijepcevic and Jeresic were tied with Dench and Collins at 7-7 when the doubles' point was decided and did not finish their match.
With the loss A-State drops to 3-9 overall on the year while Texas State improved to 5-5.
A-State returns to the courts Friday, April 3 for a road match against Texas-Arlington at the UTA Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 2 p.m.