March 31, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - The Southern Miss women's tennis team fell 4-3 to visiting South Alabama Saturday afternoon at the USM Tennis Courts.
The South Alabama Jaguars (12-5) swept the doubles matches to take an early lead. Mariya Krachok and Emily Newton defeated USM's Mackenzie Oskin and Moorea Williams 8-2 at the three-spot. The match on court one resulted in an 8-3 win for USA's Alina Volman and Chane Hines over Frances Askew and Kate Lanier. An 8-6 decision for Mary Angela Martin and Ramona Ghermani over Elja van Berlo and Alex Bradley at No. 2 concluded the South Alabama sweep.
South Alabama added a point when Newton got a win (6-3, retired) on court five over Williams when Williams could not finish the match. van Berlo got the Golden Eagles' first point after posting a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 against Ghermani. Martin gave USA a 3-1 advantage on court four as Martin defeated Oskin 6-3, 6-0.
Southern Miss then registered back-to-back wins on courts one and three. Alexus Coats topped Volman 6-3, 6-4. Lanier followed with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 decision at the three-spot. Krachok then closed out the match by beating Bradley 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on court six.
The Southern Miss (2-15) will return to action on Thursday at 2 p.m. when they play host to UAB.