Oct. 22, 2011
Minnesota began main-draw play at the 2011 USTA/ITA Central Region Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday. The Gophers had two doubles tandems and two singles players advance past the first two rounds of competition on the second day of the event.
Pintusava started the day with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Wichita State’s Lucia Kovalova and moved on again with a three-set win against Iowa’s Shelby Talcott, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-5. Courter bounced back from a 6-4 first-set loss to Tulsa’s Michelle Farley to win with 6-3 and 7-6 (5) victories in the final two sets. She then racked up a straight-set win against Peta Maree Lancaster of Oklahoma.
Pintusava and Courter also had success in doubles play. After receiving a bye past the first round of the 44-team draw, the tenth-seeded pair eked past Nicole Long and Whitney Wofford of Oklahoma to stay alive, 9-8 (4).
Palen and Wiecha, who were seeded seventh and also received a bye, won their first match 8-6 to advance, as well.
Aria Lambert and Emilie Renault doubled up Lina Semenova and Tori Dollar of Oral Roberts 8-4, but were eliminated by the tournament’s highest-seeded doubles combination, Claudine Paulson and Kate Lukomskaya of Arkansas, by the same score in the next round.
The ITA's Central Region includes 30 teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Minnesota and Iowa are the lone women's Big Ten schools in the region.
After completing play in Tulsa, the Gophers will complete the fall season by playing at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Nov. 4-6.
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