Tennis Teams Split With Grambling State
Sunday, March 21, 2004

Shreveport — In a match much closer than the final score indicated, the Centenary Ladies defeated the Grambling State Lady Tigers, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Centenary Tennis Courts. However, the Gents could not follow suit, as Grambling State won the men’s match, 6-1, at Southern Hills.

In the women’s match, four of the six singles contests went three sets, with Centenary taking three of them to clinch the victory. The clinching win came from Ashlee Mantooth, who won the number-six match, 6-4, 5-7, and 6-3.

For the second consecutive day, the Ladies swept the top four singles matches. Anja Schmidt (6-4, 6-0) and Christine Majchrowicz (6-2, 6-0) easily won at number-one and number-two singles respectively. Both Heather Kelley (2-6, 6-4, 6-0) and Brandy Smith (7-6, 4-6, 7-6) needed three sets to win the number-three and number-four positions. Elizabeth Pitts played well throughout her match, but could not close the deal, losing in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 7-6) at the number-five position.

The lone bright spot in the Gents’ contest came from Arthur Okura, who picked up Centenary’s only point with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Victor Gallegos of Grambling State. Okura teamed up with Russ Patrick to nearly win their doubles set, but they could not win the tiebreaker as the Gents lost all three doubles sets.

The Centenary tennis teams will travel east next weekend. The Ladies will stop in Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech next Saturday at 11 a.m. Then both teams will face Alcorn State in Mississippi next Sunday at 2 p.m., Centenary’s last non-conference matches of the season.