Blue Raiders battle rain in loss to Warhawks
Three singles matches reach third setMarch 8, 2011 · Athletic Communications
"We fought hard all day despite the conditions," head coach Melissa Schaub said. "Our effort was there but a few breaks here and there cost us a chance to pull out the win. We will continue to work on improving every day and get ready for our next match."
Middle Tennessee (4-5) started the day with its best effort at No. 3 doubles, where the pairing of Alex Dachos and Carla Nava forced a tiebreaker with Ana Burjaili and Vivian Polak after it was square at 7-7. Unfortunately for the Blue Raiders, the Warhawk tandem captured the tiebreak 7-5 to win the match 8-7 and complete a sweep of doubles.
In singles action, three Middle Tennessee players went the distance of three sets, but none of them were able to earn a victory against nationally-ranked ULM (11-1), which posted its 10th straight triumph Tuesday.
Marietta Bigus won her first set but could not maintain the momentum before falling 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Monica Winkel at the No. 2 position.
Nava put up a solid effort at the No. 3 slot against Medy Blankvoort before dropping a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 decision.
Brand also battled to the end with Polak in the No. 5 tilt, but could not pull out the win in a third-set super tiebreaker, as she fell 7-6 (2), 3-6, 10-7.
The Blue Raiders will look to get back on track as they continue their eight-match homestand with a 10 a.m. Saturday contest with UALR.
#46 ULM 7, Middle Tennessee 0 Singles No. 1 Claire Clark (ULM) def. Yuiri Nomoto (MT) 6-2, 6-3 No. 2 Monica Winkel (ULM) def. Marietta Bigus (MT) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 No. 3 Medy Blankvoort (ULM) def. Carla Nava (MT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 No. 4 Ana Burjaili (ULM) def. Lisa Maas (MT) 7-6 (4), 6-3 No. 5 Vivian Polak (ULM) def. Lexi Brand (MT) 7-6 (2), 3-6, 10-7 No. 6 Letha Gaigher (ULM) def. Alex Dachos (MT) 6-3, 6-1 Doubles No. 1 Blankvoort/Gaigher (ULM) def. Maas/Nomoto (MT) 8-4 No. 2 Clark/Winkel (ULM) def. Bigus/Brand (MT) 8-3 No. 3 Burjaili/Polak (ULM) def. Dachos/Nava (MT) 8-7 (5)
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