WTEN | Gaels Battle Hard at No. 8 Texas Tech
Saint Mary's will face either Wichita State or Florida International on the second day of the ITA Kickoff.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Saint Mary's women's tennis (0-1) faced a stiff test to open 2018, as the Gaels battled hard, but ultimately fell to nationally-ranked powerhouse No. 8 Texas Tech in the opening round of the ITA Kickoff at McLeod Tennis Center.
Freshman Mariia Kozyreva took the action on court one, and nearly pulled away with the opening set. Locked in a competitive match, Kozyreva came up just short to the Red Raiders' top singles player, 7-6, in an unfinished match.
Freshman Aubane Ville battled on court six after dropping the opening set. The veteran forced a long second set with competitive points, but Texas Tech clinched the opening round win, 4-0.
"We came out a bit slow in doubles and were not ready for their intensity," said head coach Simon Harston. "Singles matches were really competitive. We had set points on courts one, five and six. It was a strong effort against a really good team on their home courts."
Saint Mary's 0, No. 8 Texas Tech 4
McLeod Tennis Center
Jan. 26, 2018
1. Gabriela Talaba (TTU) vs Mariia Kozyreva (SMC) 7-6 (7-4), 5-1, unf.
2. Felicity Maltby (TTU) def. Kareena Manji (SMC) 6-2, 6-4
3. Sabrina Federici (TTU) def. Clementine Clement (SMC) 6-1, 6-1
4. Alex Valenstein (TTU) vs. Vanessa Nommensen (SMC) 6-3, 6-2
5. Sarah Dvorak (TTU) vs. Emma Critser (SMC) 7-5, 3-0, unf.
6. Lana Rush (TTU) def. Aubane Ville (SMC) 6-3, 6-5, unf.
1. No. 21 Sabrina Ferderici/Sarah Dvorak (TTU) vs. Hind Abdelouahid/Mariia Kozyreva (SMC) 5-2, unf.
2. Gabriela Talaba/Felicity Maltby (TTU) def. Clementine Clement/Emma Critser (SMC) 6-2
3. Alex Valenstein/Lana Rush (TTU) def. Kareena Manji/Aubane Ville (SMC) 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,2,6)
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