Blue Raiders unable to declaw Tigers

Bigus picks up lone MT point

April 3, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's tennis team fought hard, forcing two three-set singles matches in addition to pulling out a win at the No. 4 spot, but were unable to overcome Memphis Saturday afternoon in dropping a 6-1 decision to the host Tigers in Memphis, Tenn.

The Blue Raiders started the afternoon with an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles where Taylor Coffey and Anna Djananova knocked off Andrea Arques-Garcia and Amanda Brown. Memphis (12-14) battled back to tie the doubles action at 1-1 with an 8-6 triumph at No. 2, setting up a battle for the point at the top position.

Newcomers Carla Nava and Yuiri Nomoto traded points with the Tigers' Ashley Murdock and Marjorie Ondeck. The contest went to a tiebreaker before Memphis squeezed out the 9-8 win on a 7-3 tiebreaker.

The singles action was just as close despite the final score. Marietta Bigus tallied the lone Middle Tennessee victory, however, with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) decision against Brown at the No. 4 slot.

Nava also went to a second-set tiebreaker in her No. 1 contest against Murdock before falling 6-3, 7-6 (2).

Nomoto and Coffey battled their opponents, Ondeck and Kelly Gray, to three-set affairs at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions, respectively.

The Blue Raiders' record drops to 8-6 with results from Friday's match against ULM still pending. The Warhawks claim a 4-3 win; however, the match is under protest and MT is awaiting a decision from the Sun Belt Conference office.

Middle Tennessee will close its away regular-season slate in its next contest, a 1 p.m. Saturday trip to Denver, Colo., to face the Denver Pioneers.

Memphis 6, Middle Tennessee 1

No. 1 Ashley Murdock (MEM) def. Carla Nava (MT) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
No. 2 Courtney Collins (MEM) def. Natalie Araya (MT) 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 Marjorie Ondeck (MEM) def. Yuiri Nomoto (MT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Marietta Bigus (MT) def. Amanda Brown (MEM) 7-5, 7-6 (5)
No. 5 Kelly Gray (MEM) def. Taylor Coffey (MT) 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-4
No. 6 Dara Toulch (MEM) def. Alex Dachos (MT) 6-4, 6-2

No. 1 Murdock/Ondeck (MEM) def. Nava/Nomoto (MT) 9-8 (3)
No. 2 Collins/Gray (MEM) def. Araya/Dachos (MT) 8-6
No. 3 Coffey/Anna Djananova (MT) def. Brown/Andrea Arques-Garcia (MEM) 8-5

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