NEW ORLEANS, La. (4/22/10) - The ninth-seeded Arkansas State women's tennis team (8-8) posted a 4-0 sweep over eighth-seeded Florida Atlantic (9-11) Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tennis Championship at the University Tennis Center in New Orleans, La.

"We are very happy to have beaten FAU, especially since they beat the sixth seed Louisiana-Lafayette and the seventh seed Middle Tennessee earlier in the season," said ASU head coach Marcia Williams.  "As a team, we have played better our last two matches, and I hope we can play even better tomorrow against Florida International."

The Red Wolves took the doubles point to open the match, winning at No. 1 and 3.  Elne' Barnard and Rone' van Wyk defeated Justine Humair and Cassie Bergeson, while Menna Kamal teamed up with Jenny Herring to top Natasha Phillips and Natasha Basma.  Both sets were won by a score of 8-3.

ASU posted three singles wins to take the match victory before the Owls had a chance to rally.  Herring recorded a straight-set win over Natalia Totevska 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2.  Ioana Teu defeated Basma 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4, and Maria Alemán topped Virginia Augustin 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6.

The Red Wolves will be back on the courts Friday to take on top-seeded Florida International in an 11:30 a.m. second round matchup.