Oct. 12, 2012
Eight members of the Minnesota women’s tennis team traveled to Evanston, Ill. this weekend to compete in the Wildcat Invitational hosted by fellow Big Ten program Northwestern. The team saw varied results in the first day of competition which consisted of two rounds of singles and one round of doubles action.
Freshman Jessika Mozia advanced to the finals in her singles bracket while others were forced to rebound after first round losses to stay in contention for the consolation prize. Mozia ran through Lamkelma (Northern Illinois) and Sujashvili (Western Michigan) to earn her spot in the championship match. She will face Fisher of DePaul on Sunday.
Paula Rincon Otero and Julia Courter both competed in the Black Flight and, despite losing to their respective opponents in the first round, were able to pull out wins in the second to stay alive. Rincon Otero bested Burich from Wisconsin (6-2, 6-1) in her comeback, while Courter picked up a 7-5, 6-4 win against UIC’s Craig. The two are set to face each other for the consolation championship.
Yuliana Umanets was also able to rebound from initial disappointment to secure her spot in the consolation finals. She fell to Vladutu (DePaul) 6-2, 7-5 in the first round only to down Pastunink (Western Michigan) 6-2, 6-2 in the semis.
Natallia Pintusava, Aria Lambert, and Tereza Brichacova all went 0-2 in singles. They will compete in the backdraw brackets on Sunday. Gilbert went 1-1 on the day playing in the round robin format. She fell to Moore from Northern Illinois before rebounding to defeat DePaul’s Gray.
Two of Minnesota’s four doubles teams were able to advance forward in their respective brackets. The pairing of Mozia and Lambert defeated King/Aleck of Western Michigan 8-3, while Gilbert and Brichacova edged UIC’s Knoppe/Mebuke 8-6.
Play continues tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. with the two final rounds of doubles.