April 18, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- UT Arlington women's tennis swept Arkansas State 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
"It was a really big fight and Arkansas State came out swinging in singles," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "I thought we played well in doubles, but it was definitely a battle in singles. The score doesn't really show how tough the match was. We give big credit to them because they played really good tennis today.
"The doubles point is huge all the time and we've been playing good doubles all year. We rely on the doubles point quite a bit, so I'm glad we were able to get ahead."
The Mavericks won the doubles point to go up 1-0 over the Redwolves. Elizabeth Thoms and Angeles de los Rios defeated A-State's Tamara Slijepcevic and Jess Heeps-Eriksen 8-3 at the No. 2 doubles position. Giada D'ortona and Christine Foote defeated Biljana Milshevska and Sofia Krsmanovic at the No. 3 doubles position 8-4.
Freshman Jessica Birowski won the first singles point for the Mavericks at the No. 5 position in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Fellow freshman Ekaterina Tugarinova also won in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 against Heeps-Eriksen to give UTA the 3-0 advantage.
D'ortona came through for the Mavericks clinching the final point of the match. After falling in the first set, the senior came back to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance the Mavericks to the semifinals.
UT Arlington takes on No. 3-seeded South Alabama Saturday at 10 a.m.