Sept. 15, 2012
For the second day in a row, women’s tennis teams flocked to Baseline Tennis Center for the Gopher Invitational. A Minnesota doubles team claimed a championship title while other Gophers continued their run through the three-day tournament.
The day began with two rounds of doubles action. After advancing yesterday, all three Gopher pairs started in the winner’s bracket of their respective flights. Julia Courter and Aria Lambert and Jessika Mozia and Paula Rincon Otero remained in the Gold (A) Flight while Kelsey Frechette and Pauline Gilbert played in the Maroon (B) Flight.
Courter/Lambert were able to advance into the semifinals with an 8-6 win over McColloch/Lankelma of UNI, but fell to Eastern Michigan’s Supejova/Toncheva, 8-4. The freshmen pairing of Mozia/Rincon Otero narrowly missed out on the semifinals, losing 8-6 to UWM’s Soule/Colarossi in the first match of the day. They also dropped the next match against a pair from EMU (8-5). Courter and Lambert will compete for third place tomorrow, while Mozia and Rincon Otero remain in contention for seventh place.
The Gophers had more success in the Maroon Flight with Frechette and Gilbert bulldozing their way to claim the championship. They started with an 8-5 win over Burroughs/Koval from St. Catherine and clinched the title with a 9-7 defeat of Air Force’s Hueffner/Magday.
After a switch in the bracket, Rincon Otero played Chelsea Moore (UNI) to a 6-1, 6-1 finish. She plays for fifth place tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Lambert also won her match in the top singles flight. She swept Gustavus’ Laurel Krebsbach 6-0, 6-0. Rounding out the gold flight, Courter dropped her match against Maddy Soule (UWM) 6-1, 6-0. She will play for seventh tomorrow morning.
Moving over to the Maroon (B) Singles Flight, Mozia is also set to play for third after falling 6-1, 6-1 to Annette Dohanics from Iowa. Frechette fell to Mary Meyers (Air Force) in a tough consolation round. After winning the first set 6-3, Frechette dropped the next two 3-6, 1-6. She plays Christine Colarossi (UWM) tomorrow in a battle for eleventh place. Gilbert came away with her first singles win of the tournament, beating Annie Mahoney (Gustavus) 6-0, 6-1. She is scheduled to meet Ankita Bhatia (EMU) for a possible thirteenth-place finish.
Tomorrow’s final day of action begins at 9 a.m. at Baseline Tennis Center.
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