Gophers Hold Steady at Kitty Harrison Invitational
Nov. 10, 2012
After two days of action at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Minnesota women’s tennis team has worked its way to a championship title in the doubles bracket and has multiple players still eligible for high-finishes in singles.
Natallia Pintusava and Paula Rincon Otero paired up in the blue doubles draw. After falling to Hana Tomljanovic and Maria Fucillo of UVA in the first round, the duo bounced back to win the early match this morning. Pintusava/Rincon Otero defeated William and Mary’s Anik Cepeda and Leeza Nemchinov to advance to the consolation final where they came up short, dropping a close 8-5 match to finish sixth in the bracket.
Tereza Brichacova teamed up with Pauline Gilbert for competition in the navy bracket. The team played two matches today, winning both to take the bracket crown. Brichacova and Gilbert first defeated Steph Falcon and Soumeya Anane (UNCG) by a score of 8-1, and then followed with a 9-7 victory over Jackie Lee and Sydney Smith (William and Mary).
Jessika Mozia and Aria Lambert represented the Gophers in the while doubles draw and faced a tough challenge all weekend to go 0-3 in the tournament. Emilie Renault saw her first action of the season at the tournament. In doubles competition, she paired with NSU’s Andrea Macchiavello and compiled a 1-2 record.
Brichacova and Gilbert also found success in the singles competition. Both Gophers dropped their opening matches yesterday morning but have since won back-to-back games to earn spots in the consolation championship tomorrow.
Rincon Otero and Lambert represent the Maroon and Gold in the white singles bracket. Lambert has tallied a 1-1 record so far, while Rincon Otero is 2-1 in the tournament and will vie for seventh place. Mozia won her first two rounds in the navy draw to establish herself in the winner’s bracket. In the semifinals, she fell in three sets to Marshall’s Dana Oppinger (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) to narrowly miss the final. Instead, she will face Kai Broomfield (Marshall) in the third-place match.
The final day of the Kitty Harrison Invitational begins tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. CT.