Women’s tennis closes regular season with loss, plays in GAC conference

From Staff Reports

Elba Haugen, a sophomore from Cuernevaca, Mexico looks the ball head-on as she prepares to strike. Southeastern men’s and women’s tennis came to close out the home portion of their 2014 schedule when they each hosted Dallas Baptist at 3 p.m. on Monday April 7 at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. Staff photo by Nicole Diseker.
Elba Haugen, a sophomore from Cuernevaca, Mexico looks the ball head-on as she prepares to strike. Southeastern men’s and women’s tennis came to close out the home portion of their 2014 schedule when they each hosted Dallas Baptist at 3 p.m. on Monday April 7 at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. Staff photo by Nicole Diseker.

Southeastern women’s tennis closed out its regular season on the wrong end of an 8-1 loss to No. 50 Arkansas-Fort Smith. The loss dropped the Savage Storm to 7-13 overall, with the final two matches that were on the schedule for April 14 canceled due to weather conditions in the state. With the regular season in the books, SE will eye the Great American Conference tournament where it enters as the No. 3 seed and will open play on April 18 with a 10 a.m. match against Ouachita Baptist. Against the Lions, however, the Storm got off to a good start with the duo of Darija Catipovic and Conchi Assiego picking up an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles. UAFS proved to be even tougher at No. 2 and 3 though, handing SE losses at each to lead the match 2-1 after doubles play., but the momentum carried over for the Lions as the Storm was unable to recover in singles play, despite putting up a valiant effort. Ilga Racika-Racko dropped a hard fought first set 7-5 at the No. 1 position, but dropped the second 6-1. Catipovic was tough in both sets at No. 2, but fell 6-4, 6-4. Assiego suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss at No. 3, while Elba Haugen bounced back from a 5-7 loss in the first set to win the second 6-1, but dropped the third set in a tiebreaker format 10-6. Cassaundra Braaten and Marina Dias each suffered straight set losses at No. 5 and 6, respectively.