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Surcey Wins Two Matches on Opening Day of ITA Regionals

October 21, 2021

IOWA CITY, Iowa. (10/21/21) – Beginning play Thursday at ITA Regionals, Emily Surcey secured two of three singles wins by the Arkansas State women’s tennis team.
Surcey opened with a 2-6, 7-5, 11-9 victory over Lucy Lu of Minnesota and followed with a straight-sets win over Brooke Covington of Omaha, 6-3, 6-3. Thea Rice won her opener over Kate Miley of Missouri State 2-6, 6-3, 10-5, but lost in the round of 64 to Habiba Aly of South Dakota 6-3, 7-6 (4). Nejla Zukic dropped a hard-fought match to Malvika Shukla of Creighton 3-6, 6-3, 10-2 in her first-round matchup.
In doubles play, Rice and Zukic were edged 6-7 (4) against a pair from Kansas. Hunter Roper and Surcey came up short, 4-6, against a duo from Nebraska.
Action continues Friday at Iowa and concludes Sunday. For the latest on A-State women’s tennis, follow the team on Twitter (@AStateTennis) and Instagram (@astatetennis).
ITA Regionals Results
Emily Surcey def Lucy Lu (Minnesota) 2-6, 7-5, 11-9
Emily Surcey def Brooke Covington (Omaha) 6-3, 6-3
Nejla Zukic lost to Malvika Shukla (Creighton) 3-6, 6-3, 2-10
Thea Rice def Kate Miley (Missouri State) 2-6, 6-3, 10-5
Thea Rice lost to Habiba Aly (South Dakota) 3-6, 6-7
Zukic/Rice lost to Lagarde/Smagina (Kansas) 6-7 (4)
Roper/Surcey lost to Novak/Makoric (Nebraska) 4-6

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