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Lady Demons washed by Islanders in Southland tennis finals
May 03, 2014 | 175 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northwestern State’s Natalya Krutova battled through three tough sets against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Sandra Burges, but lost in a thriller by the score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Northwestern State’s Natalya Krutova battled through three tough sets against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Sandra Burges, but lost in a thriller by the score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
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After securing the doubles point and taking a 2-0 lead in the Southland Conference Tennis Tournament Championship match, the Northwestern State tennis team dropped four straight singles matches for a 4-2 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.

The Lady Demons end the season at 20-6 overall for the program’s second 20-win season, and as the Southland regular-season co-champions alongside the Islanders (22-5).

This season’s regular-season championship was the fourth overall for the program, with previous titles in 2010, 1994 and 1989.

“This was a very good match today under tough, windy conditions. A lot of credit goes to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the game plan they had and the way they executed,” said head coach Patric DuBois. “They simply out-played us today.”

The match was a battle from the start, beginning with a tough doubles battle. The Islanders’ Maider Martina and Celia Rodriguez defeated Natalya Krutova and Kateryna Piatakova 8-2 in the No. 2 slot to get ahead early. Polina Konop and Tatiana Larina answered with an 8-4 victory at first doubles, followed by Aliona Ladutska and Daniela Simonova picking up third 8-5 over Stefania Nicolae and Kerry Galhos.

Konop put the Lady Demons up 2-0 with a quick 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles, but the Islanders came back with four straight wins for the overall victory.

Martin took down Ladutska 6-3, 6-0 at third and Galhos handed Simonova a 6-1, 6-2 decision to even the score at two. Krutova fought at No. 5 to take the lead for NSU, but fell in the tiebreaker with scores of 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Piatakova’s 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) loss at fourth singles was the ultimate decision maker.

Tatiana Larina sat tied with Judit Vives 5-7. 6-3 as the match went unfinished.

“I am very proud of the way we competed today and the season we had,” said DuBois. “The girls worked very hard, and to have a regular-season championship and a tournament final berth is certainly a great season.”
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