April 6, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss women's tennis team fell 4-3 to visiting UAB in a match that had a rain delay and was suspended because of darkness on Thursday and finally completed Friday morning at the USM Tennis Courts.
Because of the delay the teams started with the singles competition as UAB jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after posting wins at No. 3 and 4 singles. Southern Miss picked up its first point at No. 2 where Elja van Berlo topped Isabel Fernandez 6-3, 7-5. Alex Bradley followed with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 decision at the No. 6 spot. Alexus Coats put the Eagles up 3-2 at the top spot as she downed Paula Alvarez 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
UAB tied the match when Menanteau Moolman had to come back from 4-1 in the third set in taking a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Moorea Williams.
The doubles were started but were suspended due to darkness. UAB opened the doubles with an 8-1 victory at No. 3 when Caroline Faught and Sarah Witkowski defeated Mackenzie Oskin and Coats. The Blazers clinched match point with an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles as Alvarez and Fernandez downed Frances Askew and Kate Lanier.
Bradley and van Berlo closed out the doubles in posting an 8-6 victory over Daniell and Moolman on court two.
The Golden Eagles (2-16) will return to action on Saturday at 10 a.m. when they play host to No. 57 Memphis.