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Carbondale, Ill. (A-State) - The Arkansas State women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to the UT Martin Skyhawks Saturday in a neutral site match at Carbondale, Ill.
A-State's Tamara Slijepcevic defeated UT Martin's Ivon Simic in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 and Jess Heeps-Eriksen was victorious over UTM's Katie McCall by a score of 6-1, 6-1 to give Arkansas State (1-3) its two points of the contest.
The difference in the match was UT Martin's ability to win three-set matches in singles play as the Skyhawks (1-3) were 3-0 in those matches. A-State's Janie Nowland fell to Hitomi Naito in three sets by a score of 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Arkansas State's Julie Gauguery lost to Sarah Candeloro 1-6, 7-6, 6-4. Victoria Pisani dropped another three-set match for the Red Wolves when she lost to Jessica Silva 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 and A-State's Biljana Miloshevska lost to Burcu Tari in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.
"This was a disappointing loss because we didn't play with passion and discipline," A-State women's tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. "All the credit to UT Martin and we're looking to turn things around this upcoming week."
UTM won the doubles point by winning two out of the three matches. Slijepcevic/Nowland registered A-State's lone win with an 8-2 victory over McCall/Candeloro. Arkansas State's pair of Pisani/Miloshevska fell to Simic/Naito 8-2 and Red Wolves' duo of Gauguery/Heeps-Eriksen lost to Tari/Silva by an 8-2 margin.
A-State returns to action Tuesday, Feb. 25 when the Red Wolves host in-state opponent Central Arkansas. First serve from Allen Park in Jonesboro is set for 1 p.m.