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Historic season ends for Lady Techster Tennis

April 28, 2016

KERRY WAGUESPACK 

Staff Reporter | kfw005@latech.edu

 

Senior Alexandra Starkova finished the season with a team best 13-5 singles record. Starkova also finished 10-8 in doubles with partner Zoe Chen. Photo courtesy of LA Tech Communications

Senior Alexandra Starkova finished the season with a team best 13-5 singles record. Starkova also finished 10-8 in doubles with partner Zoe Chen. Photo courtesy of LA Tech Communications

 

The Lady Techsters tennis team has finished one of the most successful seasons in program history as they lost in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

 

 

With a 4-0 loss to the Mean Green of North Texas the Techsters end the season but have plenty of success to build on going into next season.

 

 

Although the team was shut out in their final match of the season, the team endured many close matches.

 

 

This year’s senior class experienced one of the most successful careers in school history as they won 52 team matches and 312 individual wins between the three.

 

 

“It was an outstanding year for the team; we reached our goals and in many ways, our dreams too,” said head coach Chad Camper.

 

 

He said as the team reflects on the season, the players had a lot of fun while cheering on each other at the matches and helping to build team chemistry.

 

 

“These players not only made me proud, but they made the university proud as well.” Camper said. “In particular, these seniors played a tremendous role in this program’s success.”

 

 

He said the senior trio will go down as one of the greatest in Lady Techsters tennis history.The girls were just as successful on the court as they were off the court.

 

 

“I am really proud of the seniors and their careers, they have built a program which is something few people can say they did,” Camper said

 

 

The team was able to earn a national ranking for the first time in program history and hold onto that spot for a three-week stretch.

 

 

In the first match of the tournament, the Techsters did battle with the Charlotte University 49ers where the team came out victorious by a score of 4-2.

 

 

By picking up the victory in her singles match, senior Alexandra Starkova got her team-leading 13th singles victory of the season.

 

 

Also with that victory, the Techsters picked up win number 15 on the season, which marks the third time in four seasons the team has reached the 15-win mark.

 

 

In a match against North Texas, the Techsters were in a tie breaking match point in doubles to win, but the Mean Green were able to pull out the win in a heartbreaking loss for the Techsters.

 

 

“Even though we dropped the doubles point, all six courts fought very hard in singles,” Camper said. “We knew it would be extremely difficult, but the players did not let that stop them.”

 

 

The Techsters did not manage to win any set in singles play, but most of the matches came down to the wire with the team catching some tough breaks along the way.

 

 

The bright spot of the day was when, just like in round one, Jazmin Britos and Marta Sramkova dominated in their doubles match, winning 6-2.

 

 

“This was the closest we had ever come to taking the doubles point from North Texas all season,” Camper said.

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