Tech women get first win of season, beat UA-Little Rock, 4-3

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore Diana Woodcock captured a tough win in a tie-breaker at No. 5 singles, clinching a 4-3 victory for the Tennessee Tech women’s tennis team Saturday over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. The match was played indoors at Fairfield Glade.
Woodcock outlasted UALR’s Nathalia Garay, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to win the last match on the court and break a 3-3 tie, giving first-year Tech coach Dan Silverstein his first career dual match win with the Golden Eagles.

“Diana really played with a lot of heart,” Silverstein said. “It came down to her winning her match, and she took it on her shoulders and just found a way to win.”

Tech’s record is now 1-1, with a match next Sunday afternoon against Arkansas State, also at Fairfield Glade. UALR is 1-4.

Tech’s doubles teams staked the Golden Eagles to a 1-0 lead in the match, getting victories at No. 1 (Kelly Holtzhausen and Katie Barnhill) and No. 3. (Woodcock and Joanna Corkern).

Holtzhausen overcame a tough first set to win her point at No. 2 singles, defeating Marta Gomez-Jordana, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. At No. 3 singles, freshman Tatiana Denezhkina swept to a straight set, 7-5, 6-4 win over Chantel Coolen.

UA-Little Rock made it a close match by winning points at Nos. 1, 4 and 6 singles. At the top spot, Anne Weijenborg topped Katie Barnhill, 6-3, 6-4, and at No. 4, it was a 6-1, 6-2 win by Rebecca Van Den Houte over Laura Porras. The No. 6 point went to Fanny Lopez, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, over Alena Krutkina.