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Lorenzo shines on Senior Day

April 12, 2018

 

ANDREW BELL

Sports Editor | agb022@latech.edu

 

LA Tech Athletic Director Tommy McClelland (left) and head women’s tennis coach Amanda Stone (right) with Angela Lorenzo (middle), LA Tech women’s tennis team’s lone senior. – Photo by Donny Crowe

 

There was only one way for the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team to go out on Senior Day, their last home match of the season: utter dominance.

 

The Lady Techsters did just that April 5, sweeping Grambling State in doubles (6-2, 6-0, 6-1) and singles with little resistance.

 

This impressive performance occurred on the Senior Day of Tech’s lone senior Angela Lorenzo, who finished the day with a 6-1, 6-1 victory in singles and teamed up with sophomore Nadja Manjon in doubles to shut out their opponent 6-0.

 

“When I woke up this morning, I knew this was a little different,” Lorenzo said. “Because this is the last game and everyone kind of has their eyes on you and everything, so it was really important to come out strong and get the job done.”

 

Lorenzo has battled a gruesome ankle injury all season and has trained to come back and be effective on a young team that could use her leadership. Head coach Amanda Stone said Lorenzo has fought through adversity all season.

 

“She’s had a rough year,” Stone said. “Even though she’s (medically) cleared to play, she’s not at 100 percent, so every match is an added challenge for her and the recovery time and rehab is really important with her. She has to do all of these extra things just so she can come back and compete on the courts every week. It’s been a tough road for her senior year, so I’m just happy for her, any time she feels like she’s able to give all she’s got.”

 

A broken ankle, however, has not stopped Lorenzo from having the second best winning percentage in overall record on the team at 10-7 on the season, including a 6-2 record in her last eight matches.

 

Stone said she believes Lorenzo’s gritty performances have helped spark the team’s play at times this season.

 

“When she got back in the lineup, it made a big difference for our girls,” Stone said. “She kind of acted like the catalyst. It was good timing because we had started doing things a little better as a team anyway, and then to get her back on the court was huge. She has great energy and she has played with really competitive teams, so to see her compete and practice just gave us another extra push in this end part of the season.”

 

Lorenzo said she hopes to keep the momentum going for the rest of the season and have more postseason success than last season.

 

“I feel like doubles is a very strong point for us right now,” Lorenzo said. “We have a lot of tight matches so doubles points are really crucial. So that’s something that we should come out strong in. We need to just focus on each score, don’t look to the sides and trust your teammates and know they are doing the best they can.”

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