LATE SINGLES WIN CLINCHES 4-3 TEXAS-ARLINGTON VICTORY OVER NO. 70 TEXAS TECH
March 19, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas ... Anete Rozkalne defeated Beverly Dawson in three sets in the No. 2 singles position to lift The University of Texas at Arlington to a 4-3 victory over No. 70 Texas Tech at the UTA Tennis Center in Arlington Wednesday. The Mavericks defeated the Red Raiders despite forfeiting matches at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles due to injuries.
The match between Rozkalne and Dawson was the final match completed, and the team result depended on the outcome of that match. The Mavericks (4-4 overall) and Red Raiders were tied 3-3, as Texas Tech won the doubles point despite an upset 8-6 victory by UTA's Annemarie Lenze and Rozkalne over Dawson and Irina Tereschenka, which entered the season ranked as the No. 2 doubles team in the Southwest Region. Texas Tech's Kendall Brooks and Tara Browning teamed to beat the Mavericks' Ella Goldshuv and Jitka Vetrovcova 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.
With Tech owning the doubles point and UTA giving up another point to the Red Raiders via forfeit, the Mavericks were forced to win four of the five singles matches that were played. Texas Tech's Kendall Brooks gave the Red Raiders a 3-0 lead when she completed a 6-1, 6-0 victory over UTA's Gretel Hach in the No. 5 slot. That put the pressure on UTA to sweep the four remaining singles matches.
The Mavericks' Ella Goldshuv was the first to get out with a singles victory, handing Anchen Lombard a 6-0, 6-2 loss at No. 3 singles to cut the Tech lead to 3-1. Then, UTA's Jitka Vetrovcova came away with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Tara Browning in the fourth position to cut the deficit to 3-2. Lenze was the next Maverick to win, defeating Tereschenka in a hard fought battle, 7-6, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, which tied the score and set up the emotional ending on Court Two. Rozkalne and Dawson split the first two sets, with Rozkalne winning the first set 6-4 and Dawson coming back to take a 6-3 victory in the second set. With all other matches completed, every eye was set on the final set between Rozkalne and Dawson, which Rozkalne finally won 6-2, giving UTA the victory.
Texas-Arlington returns to action Thursday morning against Marshall at 10 a.m.