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April 22, 2011

UCO tennis loses at conference

OKLA. CITY — Central Oklahoma lost a pair of three-set singles matches and had an eight-match winning streak snapped with a 5-4 upset loss to Tarleton State Friday morning in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Women’s Tennis Championship.

The Bronchos led 2-1 after the three doubles bouts at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, but Tarleton came back to win four of the six singles pairings — including three-set wins at No. 1 and No. 2 — to rally for the win.

It was UCO’s first loss since March 23, with a 7-2 neutral-site win over the TexAnns on April 6 included in the eight-match winning streak. The Bronchos fell to 17-9 on the year and will now wait to see if they will receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Division II national tournament.

Julia Shviadok and Eli Abramovic teamed up for an 8-4 win at No. 1, while Rose Cabato and Anna Kochigina overcame a 40-love deficit in securing the final point of an 8-6 victory at No. 3 to give the Bronchos a 2-1 lead after the doubles action.

Cabato and Kochigina then earned singles wins, but Tarleton won the other four matches to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

Tarleton State 5, UCO 4

Doubles

No. 1 -- Julia Shviadok/Eli Abramovic, UCO, def. Alicia Perez/Mariana Freitas, 8-4.

No. 2 – Adriana Jaskova/Melanie Barnes, TSU, def. Lacy Caldwell/Anto Rossini, 8-6.

No. 3 – Rose Cabato/Anna Kochigina, UCO, def. Silvia Nieva/Kayla Deathrage, 8-6.

Singles

No. 1 – Perez, TSU, def. Shviadok, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

No. 2 – Jaskova, TSU, def. Abramovic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

No. 3 – Freitas, TSU, def. Caldwell, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 4 – Barnes, TSU, def. Rossini, 6-3, 6-3.

No. 5 – Kochigina, UCO, def. Nieva, 7-5, 6-4.

No. 6 – Cabato, UCO, def. Deathrage, 6-2, 6-1.

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