Oct. 12, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Dariya Dashutina had a pair of victories in both doubles and singles this weekend as the Lamar women’s tennis team wrapped up play at the Northwestern State Invitational at Jack Fisher Tennis Complex.
Dashutina, a native of Ukraine, started off her singles bracket with a resounding 6-4, 6-0 defeat of Louisiana’s Nicole Breaux in the second flight. She wasn’t as fortunate in the semifinals, falling to Louisiana Tech’s Marta Sramkova 6-4, 6-1 before rebounding to beat Stephen F. Austin’s Laura Service in 6-3, 6-2 fashion to take home third place honors.
In doubles, Dashutina paired up with Robyn Summers in the third flight, falling 8-3 to Anna Peacock and Melanie Urvoy of NSU. However, the duo went to work in the consolation bracket, winning 8-2 and 8-3 over a pair of Grambling tandems.
Hanna Elfving also had two singles victories for the tournament, beginning with Houston’s Charlotte Phillips in 6-4, 6-2 fashion in the opening round of the third flight. The Swede bounced back from a 6-0, 6-4 loss to Jasmin Britos of LT, and closed out play with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Sam Houston State’s Imke Jagau.
Carolina Masó competed in the first flight and advanced to the semifinals via default by LT’s Alexandra Starkova. Her run was halted with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) loss to NSU’s Tatiana Larina and a 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 decision to Maria Andrea Cardenas of UH.
Both Anna Spengler and Katya Lapayeva went 1-1 in the fourth flight. Spengler started with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Lera Teratentiava of SFA before beating NSU’s Amy Williams 6-3, 6-0. Lapayeva fell 6-3, 6-4 to Urvoy and won 6-3, 6-2 over SHSU’s Kayla Stevenson.
In the fifth flight, Nadiya Kulibaba
lost 6-2, 6-1 to Macarena Sedano Acosta of SFA and 7-6 (1), 6-1 to Olivia Battye of SHSU. She picked up her lone win over Grambling’s Alicia Shaw, taking home a 6-2, 6-1 decision.
Summers played in the sixth flight and went 0-3, falling to Juliette Clement of UL (6-1, 6-0), Tabitha Nankya of Grambling and Joy Jones of Grambling (6-2, 6-2).
Masó and Elfving teamed up for doubles in the first flight, losing 8-7 (9) to UL’s Nelo Phiri and Breaux. They went on to lost to Larina and Williams.
In the second flight of doubles, the team of Alicia Porte and Kulibaba went 0-3 with losses to UL’s Melissa Burkhartt and Clement (8-6), McNeese State’s Anastasia Surkova and Viven Borbely (8-3) and NSU’s Daniela Simonova and Petya Simeonova (8-5).