SAN ANTONIO – For the second straight day, Tarleton rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to complete a national top-20 upset 4-3 against No. 18 Southwest Baptist at the Anne Marie Tennis Center.
“Today was another great effort from these girls,” said head coach Lance Drake. “The resiliency and discipline shown by the entire team was great to watch. Each girl stayed calm and stepped up in the big moments. We are excited to come back out again tomorrow and compete.”
The Bearcats won the top two showings in doubles to take the early point and then added onto their lead with a win in the No. 1 singles showdown between No. 11-ranked Jill Van den Dugen and No. 47-ranked Alicia Barbaroux to take a 2-0 edge.
Sofjia Hrovat, in just her third singles match of her college career, improved to 3-0 on the season in doubles with her second straight singles win in the No. 6 position over a nationally-ranked team. Hrovat delivered Tarleton’s first point of the day with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Neetika Sud was the next Tarleton player to finish and the sophomore from Ontario delivered with her first upset win of a nationally-ranked singles player this season. Sud battled to a 7-5, 6-4 win in the No. 2 position and evened up the match at 2-2.
After Southwest Baptist answered with a win in the No. 3 spot to take a 3-2 edge, the match fell on the shoulders of freshmen Faustine Palatte and Nathalie Ulander and the youngsters did not disappoint. Palatte rallied back from a 4-6 loss in the first set to win the second 7-6 and cruise 6-0 in the third to tie the score. Then Ulander capped off the win with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 victory in the No. 5 position.
Southwest Baptist entered the match ranked No. 18 in the nation by ITA and No. 3 in the Central Region. Tarleton entered ranked No. 23 in the nation and No. 6 in the South Central Region.
The complete results are as follows:
- #14 Jill Van den Dungen/Klara Vickov (SBU) def. Alicia Barbaroux/Neetika Sud (TSU) 6-1
- Diana Cabrera/Constanca Crespo (SBU) def. Sherine Salem/Faustine Palatte (TSU) 6-4
- Nathalie Ulander/Sofija Hrovat (TSU) def. Sarah Brown/Emma Davis (SBU) 6-1
- #11 Jill Van den Dungen (SBU) def. #47 Alicia Barbaroux (TSU) 6-0, 6-0
- Neetika Sud (TSU) def. #23 Klara Vickov (SBU) 7-5, 6-4
- Constanca Crespo (SBU) def. Sherine Salem (TSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
- Faustine Palatte (TSU) def. Diana Cabrera (SBU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-0
- Nathalie Ulander (TSU) def. Sarah Brown (SBU) 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
- Sofija Hrovat (TSU) def. Emma Davis (SBU) 6-0, 6-1