Lobos Close Out Second Day at UNM Fall Invitational

Nov. 3, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The second day at the UNM Fall Invitational might have been kind of long with play starting at 10 a.m. and stopping sometime around 5 p.m., but it was well worth the long day to see some competitive match ups and some amazing shots from all sides of the court. The Lobos take home third place in the Cherry doubles draw and will continue on in singles play tomorrow.  

The tournament started the day off with doubles play first. In the Cherry draw, the duo of Laura Richardson and Michaela Bezdickova fell in a close match to Utah’s Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles in the semifinals with a score of 8-6. They moved on to the bottom of the draw to defeat Texas Tech’s Kelli Hine and Sofya Malysheva with a convincing score of 8-2 to claim third place in the draw.

“We missed a few shots towards the end of the first match,” Bezdickova said. “But in the second match, we came out there aggressive and played our game. It paid off.”

Also in the Cherry draw, the duo of Michaela Oldani and Nikolina Grbac took on Northern Arizona’s Nicole Perez and Tatum Rochin in the semifinals of consolations and defeated them in a close score of 9-8.  They continued onto the finals to face their opponents from UTEP, Rebeca Calvillo and Gabi Vazquez falling in a tight match with a score of 8-5.

The Silver draw featured the duo of Texas Tech’s Kendall Warren and UNM’s Katie Wookey moving on to the finals of consolation after defeating Northern Arizona’s Jordan Denesick and Alice Walker in a tight match of 9-7. The two did not compete in the finals of consolations.

The duo of Sarah Mahboob Khan and Susanna Kuuttila took on Western New Mexico’s Ganna Tiurina and Ashley Newell in the semifinals of consolation and were forced to default due to an injury suffered by Kuuttila. The two did not play again as they were forced to default their second match in the bottom of the consolation draw to Northern Arizona’s Denesick and Walker.

The partnership of Kristin Eggleston and Maria Sablina crushed UT-El Paso’s Martina Trierweiler and Dariya Abdrakhamanova in the semifinals only dropping one game in the process to win the match 8-1. The two competed in the finals against South Carolina’s Adriana Pereira and Ximena Siles and one could not have seen a better match up. The two were at each other’s throats until South Carolina picked up the pace at the end to force a title win with a score of 9-7.

 “We played really well in doubles,” Eggleston said. “We ended up losing in the finals, which was tough.”

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 will advance to finals after she defeated South Carolina’s Jaklin Alwai with a close score of 7-5, 6-3. She will go up against Utah’s Tereza Bekerova to decide the championship title.

“It was a tough match,” Bezdickova said. “I had to dig deep in the first set and that carried over into the second set. I tried to be a little bit more aggressive and it paid off towards the match. I’m excited for my match in the finals.”

Also in the Cherry draw is Sablina who faced UT-El Paso’s Martina Trierweiler in the semifinals of consolations falling with a score of 6-3, 6-2. She will go up against Texas Tech’s Sofya Malysheva in the bottom portion of the draw in consolations.

In the Silver draw, Wookey fought a tough battle against South Carolina’s Josefin Andersson in the semifinals of consolations falling with a score of 6-0, 7-5. She will face Northern Arizona’s Nicole Perez in the bottom portion of the draw in consolations.

Kuuttila, who suffered an injury in doubles earlier in the day, was forced to default her semifinals match against South Carolina’s Dominika Kanakova. She will play against Texas Tech’s Kelli Hine in the bottom portion of the main draw.

In the Black draw, Oldani faced UT-El Paso’s Dariya Abdrakhamanova in the semifinals of consolations falling with a score of 7-6, 6-3.  She will compete against Western New Mexico‘s Davida Aragon in the bottom portion of the draw in consolations.

Eggleston facing a tough loss in the finals of doubles, had no trouble getting back into the swing of things in her singles match against South Carolina’s Alex Martin defeating her with a score of 6-4, 6-2. She will move onto the finals to face South Carolina’s Kimena Siles to decide the championship title.

“The doubles loss made me more determined to get the win in singles,” Eggleston said. “It feels good to being able to finally see the hard work paying off and I’m excited to play in the finals tomorrow.”

In the Turquoise draw, Grbac had no trouble advancing to the finals as she defeated Western New Mexico’s Ashley Newell with a  score of 6-1, 6-2. She will play against South Carolina’s Jaklin Alwai so as to avoid a teammate match up against Richardson.

Also in the Turquoise draw, Richardson won her match against Northern Arizona’s Tatum Rochin to advance to the finals with a score of 6-1, 6-3. Richardson is scheduled to not play tomorrow so long as there are no changes to the draws.

In the White draw, Mahboob Khan took on Western New Mexico’s Dena Irvin crushing her in two sets with a score of 6-0, 6-0. She will play UT-El Paso’s Anastasiya Sylenko next in the round-robin style draw.

“Our doubles was pretty solid today,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. “I was really proud of the way Maria [Sablina] & Kristen [Eggleston] competed even though I know they were a bit disappointed at falling a bit short in the final.”

“We came out with better energy in singles today and the results showed.  Misa [Bezdickova] picked up a good win today as did Kristin [Eggleston]. Both girls will have tough finals tomorrow in their respective flights.”

The tournament will start tomorrow at 9 a.m. with only singles left to play.

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