After losing to UTSA this past Wednesday, Bobcat tennis began to work diligently to make a comeback at its fourth Sun Belt conference game of the season.
The Bobcats took on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns this past Friday looking for redemption. The match began Friday with a hard fought battle but resulted in a loss for the Bobcats (4-2).
Friday’s doubles matches proved a hard challenge for the Bobcats. Yadira Rubio and doubles partner Ana Perez started the game off for Texas State.
After suffering a 6-2 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette partners Melissa Burckhartt and Kelly Drew, the Ragin’ Cajuns took an early lead 1-0. This ultimately set the tone for the rest of the doubles matches of the day.
After that, Katy Collins and doubles partner Ammaarah Tim were defeated (6-4) by Juliette Clement and Elena Sava on court 3. Lastly, in the No. 2 match, Eva Dench and Pippa Carr played Alexandra Way and Abby Johnson in a 4-5 match that ended up unfinished with a decided doubles point given to Louisiana-Lafayette, ending doubles.
Perez won her fifth straight match for the Bobcats after she defeated Clement 6-2, 6-3. Tying up the match 1-1 with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
The Bobcats picked up speed in singles as Eva Dench and Perez won two consecutive matches, clinching two singles points for Texas State. The first point came after Dench came out victorious over Drew 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 in the top seeded match of the day.
This is Dench’s third victory overall. Perez’s win over Clement snatched the second singles point for Texas State.
Tim took on Way following Perez’s win in match No.2 and came up short with an unfinished match 6-3, 5-7, 1-0.
The Bobcats began to falter as the singles matches began to come to a close. Louisiana-Lafayette bounced back, racking up three points in singles. First, Rubio dropped her match against Burckhartt 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court 3.
After that, Sava clinched a point after she defeated Carr 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in match No. 4. Finally Collins was defeated by Johnson 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in match No. 5 on court 4 giving UL the win 4-2 over the Bobcats.
The Bobcats now have an overall record of 7-11 for the season and are even in the conference with a 2-2 Sun Belt record. With this win, Louisiana-Lafayette is now 9-9 on the season and 1-3 in the conference, making this their first conference game win.
Up next for the Bobcats, Texas State tennis will take on No. 58 ranked UT-Arlington at home this Sunday at 10 p.m. in San Marcos.