Lady Demons sweep New Orleans

Four players won singles matches in straight sets, leading the Northwestern State tennis team to a 7-0 Southland Conference victory against New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon at the Jack Fisher Tennis Complex. 

NSU (11-8, 3-3 SLC) won its second consecutive match to climb to .500 in league play and emerged with its seventh home match of the season. 

Ayu Ishibashi clinched the match for the Lady Demons, rolling to a 6-2, 6-2, triumph at the No. 2 spot against UNO’s Laurie Barendse. 

It was the second consecutive defeat and fifth conference defeat for UNO (8-8, 1-5 SLC). The previous match came by the slimmest of margins to Southeastern Louisiana. 

“Great team win today for the Lady Demons,” said head coach Jonas Brobeck. “We are really excited to see that things are coming together at the right time of the season.”

Dorota Szczygielska and Sofi Garcia took the doubles point for NSU with a 6-3 win against Anastassia Kouchanareva and Ksenia Reznitskaya. 

At doubles spot No. 1, Tjasa Klevisar and Ishibashi jumped to a fast start with a 6-3 win against Tristanne Dechoux and Laurie Barendse. 

Paige Wise and Mariella Minetti went down 6-3 on No. 2 to tie for the doubles point 1-1 before Szczygielska and Garcia came through to earn the point. 

“Doubles always set the tone for singles, and same things today,” Brobeck said. “Everyone did a great job following the game plan, competing hard, and playing smart. When we do that, we are very hard to beat!”

With the doubles point in hand, the Lady Demons went to work in singles, winning four in straight sets and the final two in three-set thrillers. 

Garcia was the first NSU player to wrap up her contest, coming away with a convincing 6-3, 6-1, victory to put the Lady Demons up 2-0. 

At the top of the lineup, Tjasa Klevisar triumphed Didi Canizares, 6-3, 6-4, to put the home team up 3-0. This gives her a 14-4 record in singles on the season, with five of those wins being in conference play. That set up Ishibashi’s match-clinching singles triumph. 

With the match clinched, Wise made it 5-0 with a three-set win. She started off strong with a 6-1 triumph in the opening set before going down in the second set 6-3 to Kouchanareva. Wise won the third set 6-2. 

Mariella Minetti earned her fourth conference victory in five matches with a 7-5, 6-3, win over Kateryna Kalistratova to make it 6-0. 

Renske Ubachs rebounded from a 7-6 defeat in the first set to earn to come back to earn the win. She made her presence known in the second set, winning 6-3 before topping Raluca Puscas 1-0 (11-9) in the last set to give the Lady Demons a sweep against the Privateers. 

The Lady Demons finish off the regular season with a home date against in-state rival Southeastern Louisiana with SLC Tournament seeding on the line on Thursday. 

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