ATU sweeps Ouachita for first win of season

ARKADELPHIA, AR – The Arkansas Tech women’s tennis team picked up their first win of the season and did so in sweeping fashion as they beat Ouachita 7-0 in a non-conference match Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Suns (1-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match as they made quick work of the Tigers (0-2) in doubles action. Aastha Dargude and Michelle Khoo earned the opening match victory.

The No. 2 doubles pairing of Daniela Baez and Lea Grinberg were particularly impressive as they shutout their opposing duo 6-0.

In singles action, Michelle Khoo was the first to finish as she was dominant in her top-flight match, winning 6-1, 6-0. The next two singles matches to finish were Aastha Dargude at No. 3 singles and Lea Grinberg at No. 2 singles. Dargude would win 6-1, 6-1 while Grinberg won 6-1,-6-2 to give the Golden Suns a 4-0 advantage and for all intents and purposes, the match victory.

The would play out to completion, however, and Daniel Baez was next to finish at No. 4 singles, winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

The final two singles matches proved to be the most completive with each going to a decisive third set. The first to finish among those was Isabella Major at No. 6. She would win the first set 6-4, but then dropped the second by same margin. In the third set, Major won 10-6.

The singles match with the most drama came at No. 5 with Megan Bell. She would take the first set 7-6 after winning the tie-breaker of that set 7-4. Bell then lost 6-4 in the second set, but took the third set 10-8 to secure the clean sweep for the Golden Suns.

The Golden Suns head to Conway Feb. 11 afternoon to take on Hendrix. First-serve is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Results at Ouachita
Arkansas Tech 7 – Ouachita 0

Doubles Competition (2,1,3)

  1. Aastha Dargude/Michelle Khoo (ATU) def. Makeilah Turner/Shelly Davilus (OUA) 6-2
  2. Daniela Baez/Lea Grinberg (ATU) def. Haylee Cannon/Taylor Hansard (OUA) 6-0
  3. Megan Bell/Isabella Major (ATU) def. Clarisa Valenzuela/Austynn Crocker (OUA) 6-3

Singles Competition (1,3,2,4,6,5)

  1. Michelle Khoo (ATU) def. Makeilah Turner (OUA) 6-1, 6-0
  2. Lea Grinberg (ATU) def. Haylee Cannon (OUA) 6-1, 6-2
  3. Aastha Dargude (ATU) def. Shelly Davilus (OUA) 6-1, 6-1
  4. Daniela Baez (ATU) def. Clarisa Valenzuela (OUA) 6-1, 6-4
  5. Megan Bell (ATU) def. Austynn Crocker (OUA) 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8
  6. Isabella Major (ATU) def. Taylor Hansard (OUA) 6-4. 4-6, 10-6