Mar 7, 2013 7:38 PM by UL Sports Information

Womens Tennis Heads To Hattiesburg For Pair Of Matches

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Ragin' Cajuns women's tennis team is headed to Hattiesburg, Miss. this weekend for a pair of road matches against host Southern Miss and conference foe Middle Tennessee.


"We are back out on the road after a good home stand that saw us go 5-1," head coach Greg Harkins said. "We are looking to pick up where we left off. The team is excited to open our conference schedule this weekend against a very good Middle Tennessee team. This weekend will be a good gauge of where we stand in conference.


"I want to thank coach Dominic Modise of Southern Miss for hosting us this weekend for a pair of matches. We are going to try a couple things with the lineup and hopefully we can continue to improve and get better."


Louisiana opens the weekend with a 2 p.m. match on Friday against the host Golden Eagles at USM Tennis Courts. The Cajuns then face the Blue Raiders on Saturday at Noon.


The Cajuns (7-5) had their six-match win streak halted by Northwestern State after dropping a 6-1 decision to the Lady Demons. The Cajuns are 2-4 on the road this season with wins at Texas-Pan American and Stephen F. Austin.


Freshman Melissa Burckhartt is on a seven-match win streak after starting the season with a 0-4 record in singles play this spring.


Southern Miss (0-10) is looking for its first break through of the year. The Golden Eagles have scored more than one point in a match only one time this season against Samford, 5-2. Katie Lanier and Lauren May lead the squad with four wins apiece.


Middle Tennessee (5-5) has won four of its last five matches including wins at Butler, 7-0, and against UAB, 4-3.


Flavia Nagayama paces the Blue Raiders with an 8-2 record as Middle Tennessee has a combined singles record of 34-24. Nagayama has won six straight coming into the weekend.


After the Mississippi road swing, the Cajun return to Cajuns Courts for a nine-match homestand starting with Buffalo at 2 p.m. on March 12. For live updates and info follow women's tennis on twitter @CajunW10ns.




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