The outcome coupled with a nailbiting 4-3 victory Saturday over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to get the freshman-laden Lady Demons out to a 6-1 overall record and a 2-0 start in conference matches. UTSA dipped to 6-4 overall, 1-1 in the Southland.
Freshman Tatiana Larina was dominating in the No. 2 singles match, also winning 6-0, 6-1. Konop posted a 6-2, 6-4 win in the third position while junior Andrea Nedorostova rolled 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4.
Leesville freshman Amy Williams posted the toughest of five straight-set singles wins for Northwestern, prevailing 7-6 (3), 6-3 at No. 5 over Natalie Hand. Williams earlier teamed with fellow freshman Linda Gamo for an 8-6 victory at the No. 3 doubles match, completing a sweep of the doubles point for the Lady Demons. Nedorostova/Larina won 8-6 at No. 2.
“We started a little flat in doubles. We hung in there and slipped by with the doubles point, which was a huge boost,” said interim head coach Patric DuBois. “We had a little talk before singles, and I felt all six singles came out firing, moving very well, hitting big targets and playing percentage tennis. I thought all six of our girls played very well.
“Olga is playing at a very high level, being very patient, attacking at the right time. At No. 2, Tatiana is playing very well, and came off a big win Saturday and continued playing very solid tennis. Andi Nedorostova, after winning a long, grueling match yesterday that made the difference, moved very well again today. She’s in great shape and took care of business.”
DuBois was especially pleased by the singles success from Williams.
“That was a big win for Amy. She had a little trouble in the first set, pulled out a tough tiebreaker, then raised her level in the second set and played very well,” said DuBois.
The contest was the last homecourt action for NSU until March 23. Next weekend, the Lady Demons play a conference match at Texas State.