Nov. 4, 2013
HOUSTON - The senior tandem of Alicia Porte and Dariya Dashutina brought the 2013 fall season to a close impressively on Sunday, picking up a a dramatic 9-8 (5) victory over the Kansas duo of Anastasija Trubica and Claire Dreyer to win the third flight at the Cougar Classic at John E. Hoff Courts on the campus of the University of Houston.
Porte and Dashutina were far from the only Lady Cardinals to pick up a win, but they were the only ones to win a flight, earning their berth into the final via an 8-2 decision over Brittany Harrell and Taylor LeFridge in Saturday's semifinals.
Unfortunately the duo was not as successful in singles play. Porte dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Brittany Huxley of Arkansas in the fifth flight, and came back on Sunday to fall 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-10 to Houston's Charlotte Phillips. Dashutina also dropped her Saturday encounter, losing 6-0, 7-5 to Texas State's Shannon Beckett in Flight 4, but was able to rebound with an exciting 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 victory over Julia Lorca of Stephen F. Austin.
Both Carolina Masó and Katya Lapayeva advanced to finals. Masó beat Monica Pieratt of Texas State 6-4, 6-1 in Flight 3 before falling 6-2, 7-5 to UH's Maria Andrea Cardenas, and Lapayeva handed SFA's Rachel Pierce a 6-2, 6-1 decision in the eighth bracket before dropping a match 6-3, 6-0 to Kateryna Piatkova of Northwestern State.
Ana Spengler rebounded from an opening day loss to post a pair of wins en route to winning the consolation bracket in the seventh flight. The freshman out of Germany beat Prairie View A&M's Christine Ngo Gwodog 6-3, 6-1 and Texas State's Berenice Van den Bergh 6-2, 2-6, 10-5.
In the sixth flight, Hanna Elfving
lost 6-4, 6-4 to Iowa State's Ana Gasparavic, but bounced back for a 6-5, 7-6 (4) win over Eva Dench of Texas State.
In doubles action, the team of Masó and Elfving lost 8-3 to SFA's Pierce and Laura Servise, but came back to win 8-1 against Pippa Carr and Katy Collins of Texas State. Spengler and Lapayeva also dropped Saturday's match, falling 8-5 to NSU's Polina Konop and Piatkova, but rebounded with an 8-5 victory over Lorca and Macarena Sedano Acosta of SFA.