douThe University of Minnesota women's tennis team finished the final day of the Rice Tennis Classic in Houston, Texas, where doubles action saw two championships go in Minnesota's favor. In Flight A doubles competition, sophomore Valerie Vladea and junior Michaela Havelkova won the championship match 8-6 over the Katie Ruckert/Ziva Grasic pair from the University of Texas. Also winning the Flight B Championship was first-year player Cici Anderson and her partner Kelly Perry as they defeated Arkansas State's Magul Cibils/Marusa Pogacnik by a score of 8- 3. It is the first championships Minnesota has claimed during the fall season.
Vladea won the third-place singles Flight A action in a 7-5, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Jeri Gonzales from the host school, Rice. Minnesota grabbed another victory in the Flight A consolation bracket when Havelkova defeated her own teammate junior Amy Thomas 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. Havelkova finished the tournament in ninth place, while Thomas came in 10th out of 16 participants.
In Flight B competition, sophomore Brandi Watts captured fourth- place match after she lost to Rice's Yasmin Fisher 6-3, 6-0, who defeated Perry in the first round on Friday. Perry finished fifth overall winning today's match Julia Searle 6-4, 6-2.
Senior Andrea Rose a> finished in fifth place in Flight C competition with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Arkansas State's Jessica Nelson, while Anderson won in the consolation bracket over Alona Breen of Texas Pan- American. Anderson finished 13th out of 16 participants respectively.
Next action for the women's tennis team will be the ITA Regional Qualifier Oct. 27-30.
Final Results to the Rice Tennis Classic in Houston, Texas Flight A Singles Winners Bracket (1) Sarah Borwell (unatt.) def. Monika Dybicz (UA), 6-4, 6-3 (3) Valerie Vladea (UM) def. Jeri Gonzales (RU), 7-5, 2-6, 6-0 (5) Katie Ruckert (UT) def. Annie Goodrich (RU), 6-0, 6-1 (7) Glja Geme (ASU) def. Celine Merlini (UTPA), 6-3, 6-2 Consolation Bracket (9) Michaela Havelkova a> (UM) def. Amy Thomas< /a> (UM), 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 (11) Joanna Furdyna (UTEP) def. Adriana Lopez (UA), 6-2, 6-4 (13) Anna Dybicz (UA) def. Callie Dnd (UTEP), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 (15) Judith Hagedorn (RU) def. Magul Cibilis (ASU), 6-0, 7-6 (2) Flight B Singles Winners Bracket (1) Iliana Pacheco (UA) def. Ziva Grasic (UT), 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 (3) Yasmin Fisher (RU) def. Brandi Watts (UM), 6-3, 6-0 (5) Kelly Perry (UM) def. Julia Searle (ASU), 6-4, 6-2 (7) Karen Chao (RU) def. Megan Ferreira (UA), default Consolation Bracket (9) Erika Villalobos (RU) def. Tea Spirta (UTEP), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 (11) Elisabet Mateos (UTPA, bye (12) Megan McCoy (ASU) def. Kathryn Weslen (UTPA), 6-2, 6-2 Flight C Singles Winners Bracket (1) Jen Baccarani (unatt.) def. Danielle Lee (TAMU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 (3) Robin Bassett (TAMU) def. Marusa Pogacnik (ASU), 6-1, 6-3 (5) Andrea Rose (UM) def. Jennifer Nelson (ASU), 6-2, 6-2 (7) Elisa Bjorklund (UTEP) def. Adi Boykova (UTEP), 6-2, 6-2 Consolation Bracket (9) Mindy Ko (RU) def. Kylie Wallis (RU), 6-4, 6-3 (11) Ana Pena (UTPA) def. Christion Kincannon (UA), 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 (13) Cici Anderson (UM) def. Alona Breen (UTPA), 6-2, 6-1 (15) Evie Nickelson (UTPA) vs. Jessica Brown (UTPA), DRAW Flight A Doubles Winners Bracket (1) Vladea/Havelkova (UM) def. Ruckert/Grasic (UT), 8-6 (3) Gonzales/Fisher (RU) def. Dybicz/Dybicz (UA), 9-7 (5) Pacheco/Lopez (UA) def. Villalobos/Chao (RU), 8-5 (7) Ko/Goodrich (RU) def. Merlini/Mateos (UTPA), default Consolation Bracket (9) Dand/Bjorklund (UTEP) def. Rose/Watts (UM), 8-3 (11) Furdyna/Boykova (UTEP) def. Geme/McCoy (ASU), default (13) Hagedorn/Wallis (RU) def. Weslen/Breen (UTPA), 8-0 Flight B Doubles Winners Bracket (1) Anderson/Perry (UM) def. Cibilis/Pogacnik (ASU), 8-3 (3) Baccarani/Meisenger (unatt.) def. Lee/Bassett (TAMU), 8-2 Consolation Bracket (5) Searle/Nelson (ASU) def. Pacheco/Kincannon (UA), default (7) Nickelson/Spirta (UTEP) def. Pena/Brown (UTPA), 9-8 (6)