Women's Tennis Recaps: Jan. 23-Jan. 26
Tuesday, Jan. 23
WEST ALABAMA 6, ALCORN STATE 1
LIVINGSTON, ALA. – Although the match was closer than the final score indicated, West Alabama ended in front of a 6-1 decision against the Alcorn State University women's tennis program in the season opener Tuesday at the Vaughan Tennis Complex.
The Lady Braves could have flipped the script, but UWA grabbed five tiebreakers; two of them were played in lieu of a third set. Alcorn dropped two tiebreakers at No. 2 singles, one at No. 3, one at No. 5 and another at No. 2 doubles.
Alcorn's lone victory came at No. 6 singles where junior Marlene Maier won in straight sets over Katie Burrall 6-4, 6-4. Maier carried over momentum from last season where she went unbeaten against SWAC opponents in singles.
"We're not in competitive form yet," said Alcorn head coach Anthony Dodgen. "We had some bright spots and I thought Ammaarah and Klavdija both played solid. Marlene obviously won her match which was good to see. Though, the lack of practice showed today. The climate has made it difficult for our courts on campus to be completed, and we're not where we need to be yet."
At No. 2 singles, newcomer Ammaarah Tim dropped a nail-biter. After winning the first set 6-2, she fell in a second set tiebreaker, and then in a super tiebreaker 10-7 for the third set.
Sophomore Klavdija Bukovec had similar fate at No. 5 singles after splitting sets. The first-to-10, win-by-two tiebreaker for the third ended 12-10 for UWA's Liliana Araucz.
In her first appearance in an Alcorn uniform, Alessandra Maganuco battled at No. 3 singles. After falling 6-3 in the first set, she came back to even it 6-6 in the second but dropped the tiebreaker for the frame.
In doubles, Tim and Maganuco teamed up at No. 2 doubles and gave Araucz and Evelyn Moreno a run, but the UWA duo snagged a 10-8 result in the tiebreaker.
--Alcorn State Sports Information
Wednesday, Jan. 24
TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI 7, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 0
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M women's tennis team dropped their home opener, falling 7-0 to TAMCC.
In each of the matches the Lady Panthers (0-3) fought hard, but could not come up with a match point.
From the No. 2 singles position, Neharika Rama extended the match by pushing Louise Trigona to a 6-3, 6-3 match. At the No. 4 spot Maria Maldonado of the Islanders def. Constanza Aranguiz 6-1, 7-6 in another competitive match.
-Prairie View A&M Sports Information partly contributed to this report.
Friday, Jan. 26
MERCER 6, ALABAMA STATE 1
MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Alabama State dropped their season opener to Mercer, 6-1, at the Olean Black Underwood Tennis Center Friday afternoon; a match originally scheduled for Sunday but moved to due impending rain in the area.
Alabama State (0-1) dropped the doubles point, dropping matches at one and three, while winning at number three doubles when the team of Marija Blazevic and Mirna Curcic defeated the Mercer team of Marie Mottet and Christie Cesarini, 7-5.
Mercer was able to pull away for the win by winning number two through five singles, with the Lady Hornets’ Marija Blazevic forcing her match to three sets before falling 6-4, 5-7. 5-10. Alabama State was able to pick up a win at number one singles when Reka Szentes defeated Mercer’s Celine Schepers 6-4, 6-3.
Alabama State returns to action February 3 on the road at Southern Miss.
--Alabama State Sports Information