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Tennis Suns Beat NSU For First Time

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Arkansas Tech University accomplished something on Tuesday that it had never done before --- defeat Northeastern State University in women's tennis.

The Golden Suns topped the RiverHawks 5-4 in non-conference action at the Chartwells Women's Sports Complex in Russellville for their first win over NSU in 11 all-time meetings.

With nine conference championships and 17 national tournament berths under long-time head coach Ron Cox, Northeastern State is one of the top NCAA Division II women's tennis programs in the region.

Doubles play was the key to Arkansas Tech's win on Tuesday. The Golden Suns swept all three doubles matches and then got wins from their No. 1 and No. 2 singles players to clinch the victory.

The win over Northeastern State, combined with Tech's 9-0 wins at LeMoyne-Owen College and Rhodes College last Thursday, sends head coach Abby Davis and the Golden Suns into Great American Conference play on a three-match winning streak.

Arkansas Tech (8-5) will open the GAC portion of its schedule by visiting Southern Arkansas University for a 1 p.m. match in Magnolia on Friday, March 30.

Below are complete results from the Golden Suns' win over the RiverHawks.

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Arkansas Tech 5, Northeastern State 4
March 27, 2012 (Chartwells Women's Sports Complex)

Doubles
Mariel Alvarez/Akanesi Fa (TECH) def. Ivana Belejova/Jeanne Mallem (NSU) 8-3
Maria Aleman/Rachel Stevens (TECH) def. Sara Trott/Barbara Jirickova (NSU) 8-3
Nina Greenway/Brittany Turner (TECH) def. Hovda Bellamine/Tijana Skalvsevic (NSU) 9-8

Singles
Mariel Alvarez (TECH) def. Ivana Belejova (NSU) 6-1, 6-2
Akanesi Fa (TECH) def. Sara Trott (NSU) 6-3, 6-0
Hovda Bellamine (NSU) def. Aida Castany (TECH) 6-4, 6-1
Jeanne Mallem (NSU) def. Maria Aleman (TECH) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
Tijana Skalvsevic (NSU) def. Rachel Stevens (TECH) 6-2, 2-6, 10-8
Barbara Jirickova (NSU) def. Nina Greenway (TECH) 6-0, 6-3

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