Northwestern State heads to Central Arkansas for second fall tennis event

After successfully competing against opponents at home to open the fall season, Northwestern State will get a taste of the road as the Lady Demons head to the UCA Second Fall Invitational.

NSU coach Jonas Brobeck said his team succeeded in controlling what it could, but one area outside of the Lady Demons’ control this weekend is the weather.

Expected storms pushed the event back to a Sunday start with a Monday finish.

“We’ve done a great job of controlling the things we could control, like the girls showing up in shape this fall or the newcomers adjusting to a new scoring system and having matches being played around you,” Brobeck said. “We want to build on those positives from the first weekend, a weekend where we did well overall.

“Our process was good, and we got better the longer our tournament went. We’ve been working on some things in doubles this week that we hope to improve on, and we want to take that into this weekend’s competition.”

A pair of NSU newcomers reached the finals of their draws at the Natchitoches Women’s Care Lady Demon Invitational as freshman Tjasa Klevisar won the Black singles draw and freshman Ayu Ishibashi fell in the White singles draw.

Freshman Rozalie Dohnalova and sophomore Gig Kanaphuet won their consolation finals.

NSU will compete against opponents from a different region of the country this weekend, including Austin Peay and Missouri State along with familiar foes like Central Arkansas and Louisiana Tech.

“We get to see some teams we don’t usually see, so that’s a benefit for us,” Brobeck said. “We’ve had a good week of practice this week, and this team has handled their business with maturity after shaking off some nerves in the first weekend.”

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