Women’s tennis drops WAC opener at Tarleton

STEPHENVILLE – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros women’s tennis team (UTRGV) lost their opening game of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) 6-1 to the Tarleton Texans at the Potishman-Lard tennis courts on Friday.

The rival matchup started with an intense doubles session. Tarletons Martha Makantasi/Clara Sobius scored a 6-4 win in flight #1, then UTRGV’s junior team Isabelle Bahr and second graders Marjorie Souza battled to a solid 6-4 win in Flight #2 and all eyes on Court 3.

Tarleton’s duo of Ximena Morales/Elif Albayrak rolled early in the No. 3 fight to take a 5-0 lead. But UTRGV’s second year Daniela Rosenberg and newbie Yaiza Vazquez showed incredible determination under pressure and took control of the game, winning six straight games and taking a 6-5 lead before the Texans equalized 6-6. The pairs played back and forth, trading points mostly on serve before Morales/Albayrak clinched the 7-6 (8-6) win to take the colon and the 1-0 advantage.

The singles matches were also contested, but Tarleton (9-4) won through Emma Persson, Makantasi, Albayrak and Sobius secure victory and take a 5-0 lead.

second grader Barbara Martinez launched the Vaqueros (5-6) with a strong 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win in their No. 4 match. Souza struggled in her No. 3 match but fell 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 Elsa Boison.

The Vaqueros visit Abilene Christian for a WAC competition Sunday at 11am.

Complete results

1. Emma Persson (TSU) defeated. Isabelle Bahr (UTRGV) 6-3, 6-4
2. Martha Makantasi (TSU) defeated. Leah Karren (UTRGV) 6-4, 6-4
3. Defeated Elsa Boisson (TSU). Marjorie Souza (UTRGV) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
4. Barbara Martinez (UTRGV) def. Ximena Morales (TSU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
5. Elif Albayrak (TSU) defeated. Yaiza Vazquez (UTRGV) 6-3, 6-2
6. Clara Sobius (TSU) defeated. Stefanie Willke (UTRGV) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0

Double room (1, 2, 3)

1. Defeated Martha Makantasi/Clara Sobius (TSU). Leah Karren/Barbara Martinez (UTRGV) 6-4
2. Isabelle Bahr/Marjorie Souza (UTRGV) def. Elsa Boisson/Emma Persson (TSU) 6-4
3. Ximena Morales/Elif Albayrak (TSU) defeated. Daniela Rosenberg/Yaiza Vazquez (UTRGV) 7-6 (8-6)

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