Lobos Wrap Up First Day at the UNM Fall Invitational

Nov. 2, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The first day of the UNM Fall Invitational is in the books with the Lobos advancing on all sides of the draws in both singles and doubles.

The tournament kicked off with doubles play first. In the Cherry draw, the duo of Laura Richardson and Michaela Bezdickova blasted away their opponents from UTEP, Rebeca Calvillo and Gabi Vazquez with a score of 8-5. The Lobos will face Utah’s Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles in the semifinals.

“We came in very aggressive,” Bezdickova said. “It was because of that aggressiveness that we were able to close out the match.”

Also in the Cherry draw, the duo of Michaela Oldani and Nikolina Grbac took on Texas Tech’s Kelli Hine and Sofya Malysheva but the Red Raiders got the best of them defeating the Lobos 8-5. Oldani and Grbac will face Northern Arizona’s Nicole Perez and Tatum Rochin in the semifinals of consolations.

The Silver draw of doubles required two doubles teams to win in order to reach the quarterfinals of the draw.

The duo of South Carolina’s Alex Martin and UNM’s Katie Wookey did not drop a game against Western New Mexico’s Aragon and Irvin to win the match 8-0. The duo was stopped cold in the quarterfinals as they competed against UT-El Paso’s Martina Trierweiler and Dariya Abdrakhamanova falling with a score of 8-4. They will face Northern Arizona’s Jordan Denesick and Alice Walker in the semifinals of consolations.

Another duo that had to play in order to reach the quarterfinals was the duo of Sarah Mahboob Khan and Susanna Kuuttila. The two defeated the duo of UT-El Paso’s Marie LeBlonde and Anastasiya Sylenko with a close score of 8-6. The Lobos were able to gain three games on the tough duo of South Carolina’s Adriana Pereira and Ximena Siles, but it was not enough as they fell in the quarterfinals 8-3. They will move on to face Western New Mexico’s Ganna Tiurina and Ashley Newell in the semifinals of consolation.

The partnership of Kristin Eggleston and Maria Sablina looks to be a good one as the two absolutely crushed their opponents from Northern Arizona’s Jordan Denesick and Alice Walker in the quarterfinals of the Silver draw. The two won the match 8-1 and will advance to the semifinals to face UT-El Paso’s Martina Trierweiler and Dariya Abdrakhamanova.

“We played really well today,” Eggleston said. “We have been using everything we have been practicing on and we were able to put that into our match today. We were really aggressive throughout the whole match.”

Once doubles was over and the players received a little rest, it was now time for the tournament to move onto singles.

In the Cherry draw, Bezdickova dropped a total of four games in the two set match against UT-El Paso’s Rebeca Cavillo to win the match 6-3, 6-1. She will advance to semifinals to face South Carolina’s Jaklin Alwai.

“I tried to be as aggressive in this match as I was in doubles,” Bezdickova said. “I was going for my shots and it worked.”

Also in the Cherry draw is Sablina who faced a tough match against Utah’s Tereza Bekerova. It was a hard fought battle but Sablina could not get the edge over her opponent as she fell with a score of 6-4, 6-3. She will face UT-El Paso’s Martina Trierweiler in the semifinals of consolations.

In the Silver draw, Wookey fought a tough battle against Utah’s Natasha Smith falling with a score of 6-2, 6-1. She will face South Carolina’s Josefin Andersson in the semifinals of consolations.

Wookey’s other teammate in the silver draw is Kuuttila who defeated Northern Arizona’s Nicole Perez with a close first set score of 7-6. Kuuttila did not have as difficult of a first set in the second as she won her second set with ease with a final match score of 7-6, 6-1. She will go up against South Carolina’s Dominika Kanakova in the semifinals.

In the Black draw, Oldani managed to get two games against South Carolina’s Ximena Siles but that would be all that she could get as she was shut out with a score of 6-2, 6-0. Oldani will go up against UT-El Paso’s Dariya Abdrakhamanova in the semifinals of consolations.

Eggleston coming off a doubles win, had no trouble in her singles match against Western New Mexico’s Davida Aragon defeating her with a score of 6-0, 6-0. She will advance to the semifinals to face South Carolina’s Alex Martin.

“The doubles win definitely helped me in singles,” Eggleston said. “It helped me be more aggressive and know that I can step forward and go for my shots.”

In the Turquoise draw, Grbac fought a close three set match but was not able to close out the match against UT-El Paso’s Marie LeBlonde falling with a score of 6-1, 6-7, 6-4. She will face Western New Mexico’s Ashley Newell in the semifinals of consolations.

Also in the Turquoise draw, Richardson fell in a close three set match against Western New Mexico’s Ganna Tiurina with a score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. She will face Northern Arizona’s Tatum Rochin in the semifinals of consolations.

In the White draw, Mahboob Khan took on Northern Arizona’s Alice Walker defeating her in two tight sets with a score of 7-5, 6-4. She will play Western New Mexico’s Dena Irvin next in the round-robin style draw.

“I was very happy with the attitude and aggressiveness we took to our doubles matches,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. “Every player on our team made a step in the right direction in their journey to become better doubles players and we picked up some solid wins this morning.”

“In singles the overall effort and competitiveness was much improved from the regional championships but we can be better.  We are still riding the emotions of winning and losing points when our focus needs to be on the present.  We will look to ride to the challenge tomorrow as every player has a tough singles match on deck.”

The tournament will start tomorrow at 10 a.m. with doubles first and singles to follow.

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