Oct. 5, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. - Women's tennis coach David Wong entered this weekend's UL Invitational hoping to capitalize on more individual training time over the past month, and through the first day of play, the strategy has appeared to work with Lady Cards competing across the board at Cajun Courts.
"We had some ups and downs, but it was a pretty good day," Wong said. "While I'm happy with the results so far, we're not done yet. I think we have an opportunity to finish strong, and I think we're capable of it."
The Lady Cards combined to win 11 matches on the day.
Alicia Porte shined in the tournament's top flight, Etouffee Singles, defeating Arkansas State's Janie Nowland 6-4, 6-3 and Louisiana's Sophie Van den Aarssen 5-7, 6-2 (1) to earn a berth in Saturday's championship.
Carolina Salas also picked up a victory in the flight, knocking off Northwestern State's Andrea Nedorostova in 3-6, 6-2 (5) fashion before falling to Sohie Rufyikiri of UL 6-4, 6-0.
In Jambalaya Singles, Helene Czudek earned a decisive 6-1, 6-0 win over Anastasia Surkova of McNeese in the opening round, but fell 6-4, 6-4 to Southeastern Louisiana's Anastasia Tokereva in the second.
Carolina Maso dropped a 6-3, 6-0 decision to Justyna Krol of ULM in Gumbo Singles.
The Lady Cards will be guaranteed a flight championship in Boudin Singles as Dariya Dashutina won 6-4, 6-3 over SLU's Sarah Kriem and 7-6, 6-2 (3) over UL's Hannah Appleyard to earn her spot. Her opponent will be Natalia Mayagoitia, who defeated Eleanor Grossman of Southern Miss 2-6, 6-2 (4) and Jess Heeps-Eriksen of Arkansas State 6-3, 6-4.
will get her shot for a title as well in the Po-Boy Singles flight, picking up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Arkansas State's Criara Stefanov and a 6-0, 6-2 decision over UL's Juliette Clement.
Lara Bogdan was also competing in the flight, falling to Andriana Castillo of SLU in 6-0, 6-2 fashion.
In doubles play, Salas and Mayagoitia combined for a 9-7 victory in Bananas Foster Doubles over Castillo and Renne Villarreal of SLU.
Porte and Bogdan lost 8-3 to Kriem and Reginka Nychytailova, and the duo of Dashutina and Pennesi joined them in the loss column, falling 8-4 to Appleyard and Clement.