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Women's tennis falls to Murray State, 6-1

By Zach Roberts
On February 2, 2014

The Red Wolves women’s tennis team set out to claim their first victory of the season against Murray State this past weekend, but ultimately fell to the Racers 6-1, snapping a 10 match losing streak for the Racers.

Freshman Julie Gauguery recorded A-State’s only point of the match with a 7-5, 6-1 straight set victory over Murray State’s Sophomore Megan Blue. Senior Janie Nowland fell to the Racers’ senior Carla Suga by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 10-3, and junior Tamara Slijepcevic fell to junior Andrea Eskauriatza in the No. 1 single matchup in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

Senior Biljana Milosheveska lost to freshman Elonore Tchakarova 6-4, 6-2 while sophomores Sofia Krsmanovic and Chiara Stefanov lost shortened singles matches by scores of 8-2 and 8-4 to Verginie Tchakarova and sophomore Erin Patton.

“Julie played great singles and I’m proud of the way she competed,” Head Coach Marina Engelbrecht said in a press release. “It was a disappointing start for us. We look to learn from this and come back a stronger team next weekend.”

Murray State won the doubles match point with Erin Tchakarova and Verginie Tchakarova taking a 6-4 decision over A-State’s Tamara Slijepcevic and Janie Nowland.

The Racers’ Andrea Eskauriatza and Erin Patton defeated A-State’s Biljana Milosheveska and Chiara Stefanov 6-2.

The Red Wolves’ Julie Gauguery and Sofia Krsmanovic were leading Murray State’s Carla Suga and Megan Blue 5-4, but their match was not completed.

A-State returns to the courts at 9 a.m. on Feb. 7 to play Tyler Junior College, the first of three matches the Red Wolves will play in Huntsville, Texas.

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