March 21, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's tennis battled with Arkansas State on Friday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts, but came up short in a 4-3 loss.
Southern Miss (5-11) opened the match by earning the doubles point, winning two of the three matches. Arkansas State struck first in the doubles when Jess Heeps-Eriksen and Victoria Pisani defeated Karina Gurgenyan and Kathrin Waidner 8-2 on court 3. The Golden Eagles bounced back to take the doubles match at No. 1 as Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen posted their six consecutive win with an 8-4 victory over Tamara Slijepcevic and Janie Nowland. Southern Miss clinched the doubles point when Mahitha Dadireddy and Lisa Noderer battled to take an 8-5 win over Biljana Miloshevska and Julie Gaugery.
In singles, Kitchen put the home team ahead 2-0 after making quick work of Pisani at No. 6 with a 6-0, 6-2 victory. Arkansas State got its first point of the match after Heeps-Eriksen defeated Waidner 6-0, 7-5.
Southern Miss then took a 3-1 lead when Dadireddy topped Nowland at the two spot with a 6-4, 6-3 win.
ASU (5-5) fought back to take two wins at No. 4 and No. 3. The match point came down to the battle taking place at No. 1. Drescher dropped her first set to Slijepcevic 6-3 before bouncing back to take the second set 6-0. The two battled in the final set before Slijepcevic outlasted Drescher for a 6-4 win in the final set.
Southern Miss returns to the courts on Saturday when the Golden Eagles host UAB at 2 p.m. The match was changed due to impending weather. Also on Saturday, the team is offering a free clinic to the participants from the age of 4-13. Registration begins at 10:30 at the tennis facility and will begin at 11 a.m.