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Carbondale, Ill. (A-State) - The Arkansas State women's tennis squad fell to the Salukis of Southern Illinois-Carbondale Friday night in Carbondale, Ill., by a score of 5-2 in a match that lasted nearly six hours long.

A-State (1-2) was able to get its two points from the singles competition as senior Janie Nowland defeated Meagan Monaghan 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 and freshman Julie Gauguery was victorious in straight sets over Ariadna Cairo Baza 7-6, 6-4.

Southern Illinois-Carbondale (3-3) was able to defeat the Red Wolves by winning three of the four singles matches that went to three sets. A-State's Tamara Slijepcevic fell in a very close match to Natasha Tomishima 6-2, 1-6, 7-6, while Biljana Miloshevska took the first set from SIU-Carbondale's Anita Lee, but ultimately lost the match by a score of6-7, 6-4, 6-1.

Arkansas State freshman Victoria Pisani competed in her first singles match of the spring season and put up a good fight against SIU-Carbondale's Polina Dozortseva, but ended up losing the match 4-6, 7-6, 10-4. The Salukis got their fourth and final point of the singles competition when Gisela Cairo Baza defeated A-State's Jess Heeps-Eriksen in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

"This was a heartbreaker," A-State women's tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. "The ladies played great and fought hard, but we came up short on the opportunities we had to win. It was a great match and a six-hour marathon."

Southern Illinois-Carbondale earned the doubles point by sweeping the Red Wolves to set the final margin at 5-2.

Arkansas State hits the courts in Carbondale, Ill., Saturday morning for a neutral site match against UT Martin. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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