June 17, 2015
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By Paul Watley | @WatP7
ARLINGTON, Texas - A remarkable tournament run by the UT Arlington women's tennis team came to an end in the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship when it fell to South Alabama 4-3.
The Mavericks served as the No. 3 seed in the SBC Championship and cruised through the opening round, defeating No. 6 Troy 4-1 on their way to the semifinal round.
Sitting just one win away from the championship round, UTA squared off with Georgia State in a match that would be halted midway due to heavy rain that moved into the New Orleans area, postponing the match until Sunday. With the match tied at 3 and only the doubles point remaining, the Mavs picked up the final point and secured their spot in the title match against USA as they won two out of the three matches, including the final match which UTA picked up in a 7-5 tiebreaker.
After losing the doubles point to the Jaguars in the title match, the Mavericks Agustina Serio got things rolling as she won in two straight sets in the No. 3 singles match. Senior Christine Foote rallied for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 win at the No. 6 spot, while junior Elizabeth Thoms won at the top spot by a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 margin. The win at the No. 1 position set up the finale at the No. 4 spot where the Jaguars claimed a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 victory.
While UTA came short of qualifying as a team for the NCAA Championships, it did have a pair of athletes qualify as Thoms and Angeles de los Rios represented the Mavericks as automatic qualifiers in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.
"This is a great achievement for our program," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "I could not be prouder of our girls. Their hard work and dedication paid off, and they deserved to be selected."
The Mavericks 2015 campaign included Thoms receiving Sun Belt First-Team All Conference honors for singles, while the duo of Thoms and de los Rios were named to the SBC All-Conference First Team for doubles.