RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros women’s tennis team gave their record crowd of over 100 people a season finale, grinding out a 4-3 victory over the Lamar Cardinals at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Southwest Orville Cox Tennis Center at the Division Match.
UTRGV (11-9, 3-2 WAC Southwest) locked up a 1-0 advantage after a pair of doubles courts. Lamar (10-11, 1-4 WAC Southwest) picked up a win in the third flight, then the Vaqueros worked hard to claim the next two matches and secure the point.
The freshmen duo Marjorie Souza and Barbara Martinez taken the number 1 match 6-4. The No. 2 sophomore of duo Isabelle Bahr and senior Katarina Sasaroga trailed 1-4 in their match, then fought all the way back to a tiebreaker at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, Bahr / Sasaroga again found themselves playing 0-3, but they rallied behind a raucous crowd of 100 to win the match 7-6 (7-5).
The Cardinals jumped out with a 3-1 lead in singles wins in the sixth, third and fourth flights. Sophomore Stefanie Wilske Stopped Lamar’s roll, picking up her eighth win of the season at No. 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). 5 spot.
With the score 3-2 in favor of the Cardinals, the final two matches grew in importance and intensity. Bahr at No. 1 and Souza at No. 2 Both had long three-set battles through the grind.
Souza won the first 6-2, then fell in a competitive second 6-7 (4-7). She dominated the deciding frame, earning a 6-0 win to tie the match at 3-3.
Bahr opened with a 3-0 lead in the third set. 1, then held off a valiant comeback attempt by Lamar’s Elena Tairyan to earn a 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3 victory. After doubles in over an hour for battling, Bahr topped the three-hour singles match put on by her team.
UTRGV kicks off the WAC Tournament on Friday at Lamar University in Beaumont.
Singles (6, 3, 4, 5, 2, 1)
1. Isabelle Bahr (UTRGV) def. Elena Tairyan (LU) 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3
2. Marjorie Souza (UTRGV) def. Ana Jolic (LU) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0
3. Noelia Lorca (LU) def. Sandra Putz (UTRGV) 6-1, 6-3
4. Alba Perez (LU) def. Barbara Martinez (UTRGV) 6-3, 6-3
5. Stefanie Wilske (UTRGV) def. Elena Rubio (LU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Emmeline Polevoi (LU) def. Katarina Sasaroga (UTRGV) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles (3, 1, 2)
1. Marjorie Souza/Barbara Martinez (UTRGV) def. Elena Tairyan / Noelia Lorca (LU) 6-4
2. Katarina Sasaroga/Isabelle Bahr (UTRGV) def. Jayci Wong / Ana Jolic (LU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Alba Perez / Elena Rubio (LU) def. Ana Platisa/Alicia Thal (UTRGV) 6-3
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