Sept. 16, 2012
After three days of competition, the Minnesota women’s tennis program wrapped up the Gopher Invitational today at Baseline Tennis Center. Freshmen impressed as Minnesota claimed a few top finishers in the final events.
In the final round of the Gold Doubles Flight, the Gophers decided to mix up their combos, pairing Julia Courter with Paula Rincon Otero and Aria Lambert with Jessika Mozia. Courter/Rincon Otero finished in fourth after a tight battle against Soule/Colarossi of UW-Milwaukee. Minnesota was ahead 7-6, an effort paced largely by serving aces from both girls, but fell to a comeback from the Panthers (8-6). Mozia and Lambert sailed to an easy victory over Air Force’s Hueffner and Magday to finish 7th in the bracket.
In addition to their impressive doubles showings, Rincon Otero and Mozia wrapped up their first collegiate tournament with success in the singles finals. Rincon Otero established herself as a powerful threat for the Gophers with a sixth-place finish in the Gold (A) Flight, making her Minnesota’s top finisher of the tournament. Over in the Maroon (B) Flight, Mozia tested her endurance with a long match against Iowa’s Christina Harazin. Mozia came out on top (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) to secure third place.
Lambert also continued her run in the Gold Flight, beating Krissy Lankelma by scores of 6-0, 6-4 to finish in thirteenth.
Freshman Kelsey Frechette and junior Pauline Gilbert added to their doubles championship by claiming tenth and thirteenth, respectively, in the consolation bracket of the Maroon Flight. Frechette fell to Tasha Hueffner (Air Force) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Gilbert defeated Eastern Michigan’s Ankita Bhatia (6-4, 6-4).
“I am really proud of how our girls played throughout the tournament,” said head coach Chuck Merzbacher. “We had a lot of success with Kelsey and Pauline yesterday and Jessika with the big win over Iowa today. Everyone played well.”
Eastern Michigan’s Diana Davitaia claimed first place in Gold Singles over teammate Klara Supejova. Annette Dohanics from Iowa took first in Maroon Singles, while Dana Shannon prevailed in the Gopher Singles flight.
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