Northwestern State wins fourth straight with victory, tops UTSA

Northwestern State has won a match this season short-handed, but Friday’s victory against Texas-San Antonio felt like a power play.

The Roadrunners played with just five players, and NSU capitalized with the doubles point and four of the five singles points to pull away to a 6-1 victory.

NSU (5-2) will attempt to sweep its five-match homestand Sunday when Southern Miss (4-0) visits for an 11 a.m. match. The Lady Demons have knocked off Loyola-New Orleans, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin and now UTSA in the three-week homestand.

Three of NSU’s singles wins involved tiebreakers as the Lady Demons pushed to wins in each of those matches.

Viktorie Wojcikova continued her recent dominance in the No. 5 hole, taking her fourth straight singles match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sophie Omowarare.

Rozalie Dohnalova gets her first win against Division I opponent in the No. 1 singles slot, beating Aleksandra Zlatarova (6-2, 5-7, 6-1).

Ayu Ishibashi picked up her third straight singles win in the No. 4 position as she topped Eva Beyerbach in a 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory.

Mariella Minetti has been rock solid in the No. 3 hole, winning her third match in her last four with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over Stanislava Bobrovnikova.

Tjasa Klevisar suffered her first singles loss of the season, dropping in the No. 2 slot to Jasmin Starr in a 6-3, 6-4 decision.

UTSA played with just five players, and they forfeited the No. 6 singles point and the No. 3 doubles position. Patrycja Polanska picked up the forfeit win in singles with her and Ayu Ishibashi slotted for doubles forfeit win.

The forfeit worked in the Lady Demons favor after NSU and UTSA split the two doubles matches that were actually played.

Wojcikova/Dohnalova rolled to a 6-2 victory over Omorworare/Beyerbach, but UTSA’s Zlatarova/Starr captured a 6-4 win against Minetti/Klevisar in the No. 1 doubles slot.

NSU will attempt to sweep its five-match homestand Sunday when Southern Miss visits for an 11 a.m. match.

UTSA and Southern Miss will square off on Saturday at Jack Fisher Tennis Complex before the Golden Eagles swoop in to play the Lady Demons on Sunday.

USM (4-0) rolls into the weekend with a perfect record, including wins against Southland Conference members Southeastern and former member Sam Houston State.

PHOTO: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services