MAVERICKS REMAIN PERFECT IN SLC ACTION WITH 4-3 VICTORY OVER BEARKATS
March 28, 2009
Huntsville, Texas - The UT Arlington women's tennis team continues their quest for the Southland Conference championship as they improved to a perfect 6-0 in league action with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday, March 28 in Huntsville, Texas.
The 4-3 victory over the Bearkats improved the Mavs to 9-6 overall while SHSU fell to 7-5 on the 2009 season. Newcomer Maria Martinez-Romer notched her 11th consecutive win as she handed Eleonora Kuruc a 6-0, 6-0 setback in the No. 5 position.
UTA secured the doubles match, collecting two of the three matches and recorded three wins in singles play.
A change was made in the doubles lineup as Daiana Negreanu was paired up with Itzel Manzanera instead of Klara Jagosova, who she has been partners with for the last seven matches. The duo dropped a hard-fought 8-7 (7-2) decision to Irina Sotnikova and Peta Taylor.
Maria Martinez-Romer and Nicola Matovicova earned an 8-2 decision over Giorgia Pozzan and Stasa Vujosevic in the No. 2 position while Monika Hadvigerova and Katarina Micochova notched an 8-5 victory against Eleonora Kuruc and Paty Manzur in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
UTA headed into singles action with a 1-0 advantage over the Bearkats but struggled to record wins in number-one, two and three spots in the rotation.
Hadvigerova dropped her fourth straight match to Sotnikova in the No. 1 position, by a final score of 6-3, 6-3 while Negreanu lost the No. 2 match to Pozzan, with a score of 3-0, retired and Taylor handed Jagosova a 7-6, 6-4 lost in the No. 3 position.
The Mavs fought back and collected the win with victories in the four, five and six matches.
Micochova recorded a 7-5, 6-4 win over Manzur in the No. 4 spot while Martinez-Romer earned a win in the No. 5 spot and Matovicova handed Vujosevic a 6-0, 6-2 setback in the No. 6 position.
UTA returns to the tennis courts tomorrow for a match with Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas. Match time is set for 10 a.m.