Court: ASC Tennis Weekly Notebook
April 1, 2004
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
With two weekends remaining for conference play, one team--Schreiner Universitys mens squad--has clinched a berth in the 2004 American Southwest Conference Tennis Championships scheduled April 16-17 at the site of the East Division No. 1 womens team. The top two seeded teams in each mens and womens division advance to the championships.
Through Tuesdays matches (Mar. 30), three womens and three mens teams carry undefeated conference records. On the womens side, Mississippi College leads the ASC East at 4-0 while both Hardin-Simmons and Mary Hardin-Baylor are 5-0 in the ASC West. League newcomer UT Tyler (3-0) is the top team in the mens ASC East with Schreiner (5-0) and Hardin-Simmons (3-0) both undefeated in the mens ASC West.
LeTourneau women played three ASC East matches last week and ended up winless despite scoring eight points. The LadyJackets dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to conference rival Louisiana College (Mar. 26). . . . The #1 singles Sarah Ruth Carroll and #2 singles April Hamilton each went 1-2 in singles and 2-1 in their doubles. . . . #6 singles Christina Nordstrom picked up her first career win against LC and then received a default win in the Ozarks match (Mar. 27). . . . In his first dual match of his career, Jeremy Martinez held down the #1 singles position for the LeTourneau men with a three-set victory (7-6, 0-6, 6-2 (8-2)) over Austin Colleges Ryan OConnor. Martinez teamed with Clay Clifton to win at #1 doubles as well, accounting for both YellowJackets points against AC (Mar. 23). Martinez is also a pitcher for the LU baseball team.
Natalie Allen helped Louisiana College claim its first ASC East match victory of the season in a 5-4 decision at LeTourneau (Mar. 26). The junior claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win at #4 singles and teamed with Kristen VanHoof for an 8-3 win at #2 doubles. . . . The team of Karen Corbett and Jamie Slater were successful in their first doubles endeavor of the season, claiming an 8-2 win vs. LU. . . . Courtney Joiner moved to 4-1 for the season (2-1 vs. ASC) with a comeback 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at #1 singles.
The Mary Hardin-Baylor Lady Crusaders finally played their first home matches of the spring last week and ended up going 3-1. All three of the victories came against ASC West Division teams and the only loss come to a powerful non-conference College of St. Catherines team (Mar. 23). . . . Lindsey Hoffman was 4-0 at #1 singles and 3-1 in doubles play. . . . Abby Waeltz was solid over the four matches, playing to a 3-1 record at both #4 singles and #1 doubles. Waeltz won all three ASC West singles and improved to 7-2 in overall season singles action. . . . UMHB women are tied for first in the ASC West and face co-leader Hardin-Simmons on Saturday (Apr. 3) for the division lead. . . . Adam ONeal was unbeaten at #1 singles and #2 doubles matches vs. Texas Lutheran and Howard Payne last week (Mar. 27-28). The sophomore did not lose a set and helped the Crusaders keep it close in a couple of hard-fought losses to ASC West foes. ONeal is 3-0 in singles play and 5-0 in doubles play this spring. . . . Jordan Mangano was unbeaten last week with a pair of wins at #2 singles and teaming with ONeal for two victories at #1 doubles.
Danielle Bolin returned to the McMurry lineup after missing a few matches and posted a straight-sets #4 singles victory and 8-3 win in #3 doubles vs. Sul Ross State (Mar. 26). She teamed with Joanna Ring to win in doubles as the duo surrendered only three games. Bolin, who hasnt played tennis since high school, improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the ASC West in singles play. . . . The Lady Indians have won two of their last three starts. . . . Carli Engelke had McMurrys most efficient day in singles action vs. Sul Ross State, taking a 6-1, 6-0 victory over her #6 opponent. . . . The McMurry men broke a five-match losing streak with a 7-0 shutout of Sul Ross State (Mar. 26). In the match, the Indians allowed 11 games in doubles and only 14 games in six singles matches while not dropping a single set. . . . Adam Cherry didnt lose a single game (6-0, 6-0) in his No. 3 singles match and teamed up with David Salazer for a #1 doubles victory, 8-4. . . . McMurrys top player Salazar posted a straight set #1 singles win (6-1, 6-2) against the Lobos. Salazars doubles win with Cherry was his first doubles victory in ASC West play.
Ozarks junior Karie Allen claimed a #3 singles win, 6-0, 6-4, against Division II Lyon College (Mar. 23) to open a 2-1 singles and 2-0 doubles week. Both of her singles victories came in straight sets. . . . Ozarks travels to Austin College and UT Dallas this weekend for ASC East mens and womens matches.
UT Dallas was only able to scratch out an injury default win at #1 singles against Mississippi College (Mar. 27) in taking their first conference dual match loss of the year. With the default, top-seeded Andrea Hidalgo kept her dual match record perfect at 6-0. . . . The Comet women have non-conference matches against Texas Lutheran and Schreiner scheduled on Friday before resuming ASC East play against Ozarks on Saturday. . . . Kevin Durten got revenge on Mississippi Colleges Drew Brooks in last weeks ASC East battle (Mar. 27). Brooks earlier knocked Durten out of the ASC Individual Championships in a three-set tiebreaker (Feb. 28). This time the pair went to a tiebreaker in the opening set (which Brooks won 5-7), but Durten bounced back for convincing 6-2 wins in each of the second and third sets to claim the win. . . . Despite Durtens singles play, UTD lost its first conference dual match of the season with a 5-2 loss to Mississippi College. . . . #2 singles Kosta Dombrovskey, #5 Phong Le and #6 Shayne Rutherford lost their first dual singles matches of the year vs. MC.
Texas Lutheran men split last weeks ASC West matches while the women dropped a pair of league dates. . . . Freshman Derek Sledge won in both #5 singles and #2 doubles in Saturdays matches against Mary-Hardin Baylor (Mar. 27).
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