Lady Cards experience strong first day at Halloween Classic

GO CARDINALS <b>Alicia Porte advanced to a flight championship match on Friday.</b>
Alicia Porte advanced to a flight championship match on Friday.

Oct. 26, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Four Lady Cardinals earned a place in flight championship matches as the Lamar women's tennis program closed out the first day of play at the Southern Miss Halloween Classic at USM Tennis Courts.

"We had a pretty good day today with four in the finals and two playing for third place," head coach David Wong said. "I still think that we could have done better, but compared to last weekend, this was a good performance for most of the girls."

Carolina Maso got things going for LU, defeating Murray State's Carolyn Huerth in 6-4, 6-1 fashion before knocking off ULM's Iris Van Leeuwen 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Red Draw

Alicia Porte began the Gold Draw with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Allison Murphy of Central Arkansas, and kept it going with a 7-5, 6-2 victory against Natalia Cardiff.

Alessandra Pennesi was equally as impressive in the Yellow Draw, starting with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jacksonville State's Taylor Lefton and ending with a 6-4, 6-2 decision against UCA's Ana Buyukyan.

Helene Czudek was the final Lady Card to earn a title berth, winning 6-4, 6-3 vs. Megan Blue of Murray State and 6-0, 6-2 over JSU in the Orange Draw.

Carolina Salas and Dariya Dashutina both picked up first round victories, winning 6-1, 6-2 over Raphael Lima of JSU and 6-1, 6-0 vs. Rachel Howie of Nicholls, respectively. Salas would fall 6-3, 6-4 to Southeastern Louisiana's Anastasia Tokareva in the semis, and Dashutina dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to ULM's Silvia Turnova of ULM.



Natalia Mayagoitia lost a tough 7-6 (4), 7-5 match to Krizia Buck of UCA and lost 6-1, 6-1 to Louisiana's Nicole Breaux in the Blue Draw

In doubles play, Porte and Maso combined for a 9-7 victory over Nicholls' Marie Aubert and Isla Brock in the Peach draw. 

Mayagoitia and Dashutina won 8-3 over USM's Mackenzie Oskin and Pennesi in the Grey Draw.


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