Blue Raiders fall to Louisiana Tech, 5-2

William improves to 8-0 at top spot

March 1, 2014 · @MTAthletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Middle Tennessee women's tennis dropped a 5-2 contest to C-USA foe Louisiana Tech on Saturday at the Samford Tennis Complex in Birmingham, Ala.

The Lady Techsters (7-1, 2-0 C-USA) won a hotly contested doubles point before winning four of the six singles matches to claim the win over the Raiders (5-3, 1-1 C-USA).

In doubles action, Jazmin Britos/Manoela Chiaccchio picked up an 8-6 win over MT's Nayara Moraes/Irina Constantinide at Court No. 2. MT bounced back at the top doubles spot with an 8-7 (7-2) win from Tiffany William and Jesse Grace over LA Tech's Joanna Nalborska and Alexandra Starkova. Louisiana Tech won the doubles point when No. 3 tandem Marta Sramkova/Melanie Urvoy defeated Flavia Nagayama and Sarah Sediri, 8-7 (8-6).

In singles action, LA Tech's Chiacchio won in straight sets over Sediri, 6-1, 6-2. Nalborksa helped the Lady Techsters take a 3-0 lead by knocking off Grace at the No. 2 court. Constantinide helped MT claim its first point with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory.

Britos helped Louisiana Tech win the point with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Nagyama at the fourth court. William improved to 8-0 at the top spot for the Raiders with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory. The junior Moraes fell 6-2, 4-6, 6-7 (2) to Sramkova.

Middle Tennessee returns to action next Friday, March 7 against Jackson State at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 1 p.m. 

Louisiana Tech 5, Middle Tennessee 2

Singles competition

1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Alexandra Starkova (LT) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
2. Joanna Nalborska (LT) def. Jesse Grace (MT) 6-4, 6-0
3. Marta Sramkova (LT) def. Nayara Moraes (MT) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Jazmin Britos (LT) def. Flavia Nagayama (MT) 7-5, 6-4
5. Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Melanie Urvoy (LT) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
6. Manoela Chiacchio (LT) def. Sarah Sediri (MT) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (MT) def. Joanna Nalborska/Alexandra Starkova (LT) 8-7 (7-2)
2. Jazmin Britos/Manoela Chiacchio (LT) def. Nayara Moraes/Irina Constantinide (MT) 8-6
3. Marta Sramkova/Melanie Urvoy (LT) def. Flavia Nagayama/Sarah Sediri (MT) 8-7 (8-6)

Match Notes:

Louisiana Tech 7-1, 2-0 C-USA
Middle Tennessee 5-3, 1-1 C-USA
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,2,5,4,1,3)
T-3:24 A-25

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