Penguins Fall 4-3 to Unbeaten Southeastern Louisiana

Carolyn Jesko
Carolyn Jesko

Hammond, La. - The Youngstown State women's tennis team came up just short dropping a 4-3 decision to unbeaten Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.

The Penguins fall to 7-6 with the defeat, however the last three losses have all come by 4-3 scores. The Lions improve to 12-0 on the season, but this first the first contest in which they suffered three defeats.

At No. 1 Paula de Man improved to 11-1 and has now won four straight by defeating Reginka Nychytailova 6-2, 6-3. It was just Nychytailova's second dual loss at No. 1 all season (10-2).

At No. 3, Marta Burak cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Valya Rusakova. Burak improves to 10-3 in dual play while Rusakova lost for just the fourth time all season.

Jesko battled back after dropping the first set to Sarah Kriem, 6-2, to win the second set 6-4 and earn the victory when Kriem retired.

The three Lions who defeated the Penguins are a combined 31-0 in dual action after Tuesday.

SE Louisiana won the first two completed doubles matches to take the point.

YSU concludes its trip to Louisiana with a matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday.

SE Louisiana 4, YSU 3

No. 1 - de Man (YSU) def. Reginka Nychytailova (SELA) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 - Nastya Tokereva (SELA) def. Sadovnikova (YSU) - 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
No. 3 - Burak (YSU) def. Valya Rusakova (SELA) - 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Jesko (YSU) def. Sarah Kriem (SELA) - 2-6, 6-4, retired
No. 5 - Renee Villarreal (SELA) def. Hankle (YSU) - 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 - Isabel Brito (SELA) def. Brendel (YSU) - 6-4, 7-5

No. 1 - Burak/Sadovnikova (YSU) vs. Kriem/Nychytailova (SELA) - 7-6 unfinished
No. 2 - Rusakova/Tokereva (SELA) def. Brendel/Jesko (YSU) - 8-0 
No. 3 - Adriana Castillo/Villarreal (SELA) def. de Man/Hankle (YSU) - 8-2