AUBURN, Ala. – Carolina Salas finished third in Flight 1 singles and helped pick up a doubles win as the Lamar women’s tennis team concluded play at the Auburn Invitational at the Yarbrough Tennis Center on Saturday.
“Overall, I think Carolina had the best performances this weekend,” head coach David Wong said. “She beat a ranked opponent yesterday. She showed a lot of leadership, and hopefully it will help get everyone on board this season.”
Salas earned the third place finish after Tatiana Larina of Northwestern State defaulted. The senior combined with Helene Czudek to finish seventh in Flight 1 doubles, knocking off Larina and Andrea Nedorostova in 8-3 fashion. Earlier in the day, the duo of Salas and Czudek fell to Klara Vyskocilova and Jenny Hois of Tulane 8-6.
Individually, Czudek dropped her Flight 6 match to Chattanooga’s Katie Polk 7-6 (8), 6-3.
Alicia Porte was competing for the Flight 4 title, but fell to Plamena Kurteva of Auburn 6-4, 6-1. Dariya Dashutina also dropped her match, falling in Flight 5 singles to Kennesaw State’s Therese Lagerkvist.
The duo of Dashutina and Porte fell in a pair of doubles matches, first losing 8-3 to Natalie Maffet and Jordana Klein of Georgia Southern and then to Tulane’s Jacqui Katz and Emma Helisten.
“It was a tough day for us, but I still thing we played well this weekend,” Wong said. “It was a good tournament, and I hope we learned a lot from our matches. This is process right now, and we’re trying to get everyone ready for the spring.”
The Lady Cards will continue the fall season next weekend with a trip to Corpus Christi to play in the Islander Invitational.