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Louisiana Tech aims for WAC Titles

April 25, 2013

Senior Alena Erofeyeva looks to lead the Lady Techsters tennis team to a victory in the 2013 WAC Tournament. – Submitted photo

 

 

Lady Techster tennis look forward to playing in 2013 WAC Tourney

 

KALEB CAUSEY
Sports Reporter

 

The Louisiana Tech University women’s tennis team will face Texas State University at 2 p.m. today in the first round of the WAC Conference Tournament.

 

The Lady Techsters come into the tournament ranked third in the conference and with a record of (14-4, 7-1). Their only conference loss was to second-ranked San Jose State.

 

“We are looking forward to revenge against San Jose,” said head coach Freddy Gomez. “I think we have the chance to make it to the finals and win the whole thing.”

 

Gomez said he looks forward to potentially playing No. 1 seed University of Denver, which Tech has yet to play this season due to a cancellation.

 

“[Denver and San Jose] compete very hard,” Gomez said. “They compete very well from top to bottom.”

 

Junior Melanie Urvoy said she knows Tech can compete with any team at the tournament.

 

“I really think we can win the tournament,” Urvoy said. “If we continue playing like we have, I have no worries.”

 

Urvoy said the most important thing to her is for the team to win the conference, and she will do anything she can to make sure that happens.

 

If the Lady Techsters win their first-round match with Texas State, they will face the winner of San Jose State and No. 7 seed University of Texas-San Antonio.

 

Gomez, who is in his first year as head coach, has turned the team around from a winless conference record and a first-round loss in the WAC Conference Tournament last year.

 

He said he relies heavily on his entire team to lead and does not have one leader who stands out among the team.

 

“Everybody is a leader on this team,” Gomez said. “Everybody does very well … without that one person that leads the team.”

 

Gomez also said he does not want to look over anybody in the tournament.

 

“Everyone is a threat in this conference,” he said. “We know how good our team is and have to be ready for everybody.”

 

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