UT-Arlington women claim Southland title with shutout of UTSA

CORPUS CHRISTI – No. 1 UT Arlington completed a 2009 sweep of Southland Conference opponents with a 4-0 win over No. 3 UTSA, and the Mavericks won the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Championship amid blustery conditions on Sunday at the HEB Tennis Center.

UT Arlington finishes the season with 14 wins in as many matches against the league’s 11 other teams and clinches a berth into the NCAA Tournament, which begins with the first and second rounds on May 8-10 at campus sites yet to be determined.

“It was just awesome, we dropped one point first day and just came out dominated the rest of the tournament,” UT Arlington head coach Diego Benitez said. The Mavericks beat No. 8 Stephen F. Austin, 4-1, before shutting out No. 4 Northwestern State in Saturday’s semifinal.

“I am very proud of the girls; the level of maturity they showed with the wind conditions was great,” he added. “They just came out and took care of business.”

Despite playing through wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour, the Mavericks rarely seemed impacted by the inclement weather. That was evidenced from the outset of the match when Daiana Negreanu and Klara Jagosva needed no time at all to win the No. 1 doubles match at love. That paved the way for a Mavericks’ 1-0 lead after Maria Martinez-Romer and Nicola Matovivoa dropped only two games in the No. 2 matchup, leaving the third doubles match unfinished.

UTSA could not quite find the remedy for success in singles play, either. Starting off with No. 5 singles, the Mavericks won three successive matches without dropping a set. Monika Hadvigerova, Jagosova and Martinez-Romer claimed victories in the singles session.

“This is the final exclamation point for a great season, going undefeated in the regular season and playing so well in the tournament,” Benitez said.

Despite the loss, the Roadrunners left the HEB Tennis Center with their heads held high after their gutty displays of the first two days. UTSA logged nearly 10 hours of match time in its tournament wins against No. 6 Sam Houston State and No. 2 Lamar.

Women’s Championship Results
No. 1 UT Arlington 4, No. 3 UTSA 0
Apr 26, 2009, at Corpus Christi, Texas
Singles competition:

1. Monika Hadvigerova (UTA-W) def. Karen Scida (UTSA-W) 6-2, 6-4
2. Daiana Negreanu (UTA-W) vs. Nathalie Wallin (UTSA-W) 6-3, 0-6, 1-2, unfinished
3. Klara Jagosova (UTA-W) def. Holly Phillips (UTSA-W) 6-0, 6-4
4. Katarina Micochova (UTA-W) vs. Monika Drabkova (UTSA-W) 3-6, 3-4, unfinished
5. Maria Martinez-Romer (UTA-W) def. Caroline Dedering (UTSA-W) 6-2, 6-2
6. Nicola Matovivoa (UTA-W) vs. Micaela Silva (UTSA-W) 6-7 (3-7), 3-2, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. Daiana Negreanu/Klara Jagosova (UTA-W) def. Karen Scida/Micaela Silva (UTSA-W) 8-0
2. Maria Martinez-Romer/Nicola Matovivoa (UTA-W) def. Monika Drabkova/Caroline Dedering (UTSA-W) 8-2
3. Monika Hadvigerova/Katarina Micochova (UTA-W) vs. Nathalie Wallin/Holly Phillips (UTSA-W) 7-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,1,3)
T-2:35

Postmatch Quotes
UT Arlington Head Coach – Diego Benitez
“This is the final exclamation point for a great season, going undefeated in regular season and playing so well in the tournament.”

“It was just awesome, we dropped one point first day and just came out dominated the rest of the tournament.”

“I am very proud of the girls; the level of maturity they showed with the wind conditions was great. They just came out and took care of business.”

“We are looking forward to see where we are going. We have to get some rest and work on things that still have to be shaped up and hopefully leave the name of [Southland Conference] high on top.”

UT Arlington Player – Sophomore Monika Hadvigerova
“I think we played good, we played great and stayed strong throughout the tournament.”

“To get ready for the NCAAs we just want to stay in shape and stay focused on it. We are not going to do anything really special, but we will do what we were doing before the tournament. We feel great right now.”

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