This past week, Texas State Tennis traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to take on both Arkansas State and South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. No. 7 Texas State started off the tournament against No. 10 Arkansas state on Thursday, taking a 4-1 win over the Red Wolves. The tournament ended on Friday with a loss 4-0 for the Bobcats against No. 2 South Alabama.
The Bobcats end the season with a 9-13 overall record and a 2-3 conference record.
Thursday’s match began on a low note for the Bobcats. Coming into Thursday’s match, it had been a tough week for freshman Texas State tennis player, Ana Perez. Perez was born and raised in Ecuador and in recent events there has been a 7.8 scale earthquake in her home country. Perez worked through the week to be prepared for the Sun Belt conference game knowing her family was feeling the effects of the major earthquake. In honor and support of Perez and her home country, wore ribbons to represent Ecuador’s flag.
With Perez’s team showing their support from the side lines, Thursday’s match turned out to be a success.
Ana Perez pulled a win in both of her matches of the day. In the No. 1 doubles match, Perez teamed up with partner Yadira Rubio and took the win 6-3 against Julie Gauguer and Victoria Roberts. After that Perez continued her winning streak by defeating Sabina Jeresic 6-2, 6-0 in straight sets. With the addition of one other doubles win and three singles wins by Texas State, the Bobcats defeated Arkansas State 4-1 and advanced into Fridays match against South Alabama.
Fridays match against South Alabama proved to be a difficult feat for the Bobcats. Coming off of Thursdays win, Texas State had high hopes as the Bobcats headed into the matchup against the No. 2 ranked South Alabama Jaguars.
The Bobcats were unsuccessful in both singles and doubles for the day. First in doubles, Monica Mitta and Alina Zolotareva defeated Katy Collins and Ammaarah Tim 6-0 in the No. 1 match of the day. After that Michaela Meszarosova and Laura Valkova clinched the doubles point after they came out victorius against Perez and Rubio.
Singles competition held the same bad luck for the Bobcats as doubles. Texas State had a total of three unfinished singles matches for the day.
In the first singles match, Alexandria Stiteler defeated Eva Dench 6-1, 6-2. After that, Tim took a loss to Laura Matuskova 6-3, 6-1. Finally Cinta Maria Papke defeated Yadira Rubio 6-2, 6-2. The Jaguars took the win for the day 6-0 over the Bobcats.
The Jaguars ended their season with 20-5 record and hold the No. 53 national ranking. The Bobcats ended their season with a final record of 9-13.