Lady Trojan netters fall to South Alabama
TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com) – The Troy women’s tennis team pushed its rival to brink, but in the end lost to No. 43 South Alabama, 4-3, at the Lunsford Tennis Complex on Wednesday.
Troy (10-5, 2-1) and South Alabama (17-4, 4-0) split the six singles matches, which made South Alabama’s win in the opening doubles matches the difference. The Jaguars won easily in those doubles matches, taking No. 1 and No. 2 by 6-1 scores to grab the early 1-0 lead.
The Jaguars’ No. 65 Alexandria Stiteler quickly gave South Alabama at 2-0 lead with a win at No. 1 singles, but Troy fought back. Sophomore Sanae Ohta moved up a spot in the Troy lineup and rose to the occasion, winning over regionally-ranked Laura Valkova at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2. The win was the seventh straight for Ohta.
The Jaguars went back up by two, 3-1, with a win at No. 3 singles. Freshman Luisa Ferrauti then got Troy right back into the match with a 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 6 after winning a very long rally on her match point.
With two courts remaining, and both in the third set, the Trojans needed to win both to pull the upset. South Alabama, however, got a come from behind win from Michaela Meszarosova at No. 5 singles to take the match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Sophomore Nancy Karaky closed out the match for Troy with a win in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5), over Cinta Maria Papke at No. 4 singles. The win was the sixth straight for Karaky, who like Ohta was playing up a spot in the singles lineup.
Troy now returns to the court on Saturday when it hosts Alabama A&M at the Lunsford Tennis Complex in its final home match of the season.