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Arkansas Tech defeated traditional Gulf South Conference tennis power Delta State 5-4 in Cleveland, Miss., on Sunday.

It marked the first time during head coach Abby Davis' seven-year tenure that the Golden Suns have defeated the Lady Statesmen in tennis.

Delta State is the three-time defending Gulf South Conference West Division champion. The Lady Statesmen qualified for the NCAA Division II Tennis Tournament last season.

The Golden Suns (2-1) won the match behind their domination in doubles. Arkansas Tech won all three doubles matches and then got wins in No. 1 singles from Mariel Alverez and No. 2 singles from Maria Aleman to clinch the team victory.

The win came at the end of a busy weekend for the Golden Suns. Tech opened its 2011 season by defeating Ouachita Baptist 7-2 in Arkadelphia on Friday. Nationally 19th-ranked Drury University edged past the Suns 5-4 on Saturday.

Below are complete match results from the weekend.

Arkansas Tech will continue its 2011 tennis season on Tuesday, Feb. 15, with a 5 p.m. match at Hendrix College in Conway.

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ARKANSAS TECH 7, OBU 2
Friday, Feb. 11 at Arkadelphia

Mariel Alvarez (Tech) def. Mariana Divardin (OBU) 6-4, 6-2
Maria Aleman (Tech) def. Kourtney Chumbley (OBU) 6-3, 6-2
Akanesi Fa (Tech) def. Kristin Bodine (OBU) 6-2, 6-4
Samantha Street (OBU) def. Rachel Stevens (Tech) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Lilia Sokolova (OBU) def. Jessica Velasquez (Tech) 8-6
Brittany Turner (Tech) def. Annie Gerber (OBU) 6-0, 6-2

Alvarez/Fa (Tech) def. Divardin/Chumbley (OBU) 8-6
Aleman/Stevens (Tech) def. Street/Bodine (OBU) 8-4
Turner/Yu (Tech) def. Sokolova/Gerber (OBU) 8-0

DRURY 5, ARKANSAS TECH 4
Saturday, Feb. 12 at Arkadelphia

Pelagie Gamo (DUW) def. Mariel Alvarez (Tech) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Ivana Marevic (DUW) def. Maria Aleman (Tech) 6-2, 6-2
Akanesi Fa (Tech) def. Abbey Sharpe (DUW) 6-4, 7-5
Rachel Stevens (Tech) def. Valentine Lambrechts (DUW) 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
Alana Bellinger (DUW) def. Jessica Velasquez (Tech) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Brittany Turner (Tech) def. Ellen Bennett (DUW) 6-2, 6-3

Marevic/Sharpe (DUW) def. Alvarez/Fa (Tech) 8-5
Bellinger/Gamo (DUW) def. Aleman/Stevens (Tech) 8-0
Turner/Yu (Tech) def. Bennett/Lambrechts (DUW) 8-3

ARKANSAS TECH 5, DELTA STATE 4
Sunday, Feb. 13 at Cleveland, Miss.

Mariel Alverez (Tech) def. Moya Morales (DSU) 7-5, 6-0
Maria Aleman (Tech) def. Laura Mongin (DSU) 1-6, 7-6, 7-6
Lucia Laws (DSU) def. Akanesi Fa (Tech) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Amandine Gourgues (DSU) def. Rachel Stevens (Tech) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Erin Teivans (DSU) def. Jessica Velasquez (Tech) 6-1, 6-0
Hidemi Mayeshiro (DSU) def. Brittany Turner (Tech) 6-4, 6-0

Aleman/Stevens (Tech) def. Laws/Mongin (DSU) 9-8
Alverez/Fa (Tech) def. Mayeshiro/Gourgues (DSU) 8-2
Turner/Yu (Tech) def. Morales/Teivans (DSU) 9-7

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