CONWAY, Arkansas; Saturday, April 3, 2021 – The Northwestern State tennis team could not overcome what proved to be a difficult and prepared opponent in Central Arkansas, falling 5-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Emilija Dancetovic and freshman Mariella Minetti ended the day as the two victors for NSU, collecting singles victories for the only points for the Lady Demons (5-7, 4-5). With the win, Central Arkansas improved to 11-11 overall and 6-3 in league play.
“Despite the results, there was plenty of good that happened out there today that we can bring home with us from today’s match,” head coach Jonas Brobeck said. “Mariella, Viki, and Emma played well and very smart at critical parts of their matches, and we are very proud of how they competed today.”
Dancetovic has consistently proven throughout the season to be the Lady Demons’ most difficult opponent to overcome. Playing at No. 4 against Jaeun Lee, Dancetovic once again overcame a first-set loss in tiebreaker fashion to claim a match victory. After falling 7-5 in her opening singles set, Dancetovic claimed the second and third sets 6-4 and 10-5 to earn her third consecutive singles victory. In singles play Dancetovic’s matches have come down to a tiebreaker set in four of her last five matches with Dancetovic emerging victorious in the past two.
Minetti claimed a straight-set 7-5, 6-3 victory against UCA’s Chunxi Xin, Minetti’s second win in her past three singles outings.
“We are looking forward to returning to Natchitoches for our final weekend at home and getting back to work homing in on our strengths and continuing to improve where we can,” Brobeck said. “We’re also ready to return to our home court for a great Senior Day weekend of competition at home with our fans and celebrate the successes of our veteran teammates.”
The Lady Demons return home for their final Southland Conference weekend of the season. NSU hosts Incarnate Word on Friday at 1 p.m. before Senior Day action against Abilene Christian at 11 a.m. on April 11.
Photo Credit: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services