No. 15 Tarleton suffers second straight conference setback

Tarleton Tennis dropped another 4-3 nail-biter over the weekend as the No. 15-ranked TexAnns fell on the road to No. 34-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The doubles point right off the bat proved costly for Tarleton once again as the TexAnns only managed a 6-0 win from Faustine Palatte and Sherine Salem in the No. 2 position. Tarleton fell in the No. 1 and 3 matches by identical 6-3 scores to head into singles trailing 1-0.

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Salem evened things up with a 6-2, 6-0 win in the No. 3 position, but two straight Kingsville wins in the No. 5 and 6 spots put Tarleton in a 3-1 deficit.

The TexAnns would rally back, though, as the top two players in Tarleton’s lineup – Alicia Barbaroux and Neetika Sud – brought the match back even at 3-3 with wins. Barbaroux handled the No. 1 match after battling back from a 2-6 loss in the first set to win 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. Sud won the No. 2 match 6-2, 6-2.

Tarleton dropped a heartbreaker in the No. 4 match to close it out, despite a valiant effort from Palatte (7-6, 1-6, 5-7).

The complete results are as follows:

DOUBLES

  1. #31 Lisa Carvajal/Maya Donkor (TAMUK) def. Alicia Barbaroux/Neetika Sud (TSU) 6-3
  2. Faustine Palatte/Sherine Salem (TSU) def. Loren Tristan/Valerie Ruiz (TAMUK) 6-0
  3. Thep Philavong/Vic Romanovskaia (TAMUK) def. Shelby Fillingame/Nathalie Ulander (TSU) 6-3

SINGLES

  1. Alicia Barbaroux (TSU) def. Lisa Carvajal (TAMUK) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
  2. Neetika Sud (TSU) def. Thep Philavong (TAMUK) 6-2, 6-2
  3. Sherine Salem (TSU) def. Laura Montalvo (TAMUK) 6-2, 6-0
  4. Vic Romanovskaia (TAMUK) def. Faustine Palatte (TSU) 6-7, 6-1, 7-5
  5. Valerie Ruiz (TAMUK) def. Nathalie Ulander (TSU) 6-2, 6-3
  6. Julia Rauer (TAMUK) def. Shelby Fillingame (TSU) 6-2, 6-2

Tarleton will return to action April 12-13 with three matches against opponents from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa, Colorado State-Pueblo and Metro State in Pueblo, Colorado.

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