Nov. 2, 2012
HOUSTON - Three Lady Cardinals picked up singles victories on Friday as the Lamar women's tennis team closed out the first day of play at the Tennis Express Houston Open at John E. Hoff Courts.
Alicia Porte, Alessandra Pennesi and Natalia Mayagoitia picked up victories in the first round of play and will be competing in flight semifinals on Saturday. Porte got LU started with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Charlotte Phillips of host Houston in the Tom Landry bracket. Mayagoitia was impressive in a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Texas State's Francesca Barnes in the Clyde Drexler flight, and not to be outdone, Pennesi won 6-1, 6-0 over Iowa State's Claudia Ortiz in the Leroy Burrell draw.
In other singles action, Helene Czudek dropped a tough 2-6, 6-2, 8-10 decision to Rita Bermudez of Idaho in the Fred Couples flight. In the Kenny Rogers bracket, Dariya Dashutina lost 6-2, 6-3 to North Texas' Agustina Valenzuela, and Carolina Salas fell 7-5, 6-1 to Patricia Skowronski of Oregon in the Akeem Olajuwon draw.
Dashutina, Salas and Czudek helped make up for singles losses with victories in their respective doubles flights.
The team of Salas and Czudek picked up a 9-7 win over UH's Elena Kordolaimi and Dionne Sanders in the Jane Figuerido flight, and the duo of Dashutina and Pennesi earned a berth in the Zina Garrison flight semis with an 8-4 decision over Emelia Box and Victoria Parshikova of NT.
Salas picked up an injury during the day, and withdrew from both events.
Porte and Mayagoitia were moved into the Chandi Jones consolation bracket after an 8-6 loss to Steffi Rath and Emma Isberg of Denver.
The Lady Cards will continue play in their final tournament of the fall on Saturday.