November 1, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico’s women’s tennis program completed day one of the 2013 Lobo Fall Invite with mixed results as they finished the first session with an overall 5-4 record.
UNM, Colorado, Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon, the University of Texas-El Paso, and Texas Tech gathered at the Linda Estes Tennis Center on Friday, Nov. 1 to kick-off the invite being hosted by the Lobos. The six universities spent the day trying to battle past the quarterfinal round of their brackets.
The Lobos came out ahead in doubles play on Friday morning ending the day with a 2-1 record. Susan Baklini and Emily Olivier teamed up for the win over UTEP’s Matilda Tench and Anastasiya Sylenko, 8-2. Lizette Blankers and Misa Bezdickova also saw success in doubles as they defeated GCU’s Janaki Gunuganti and Frederique Van de Velda, 8-6. UNM duo Rachana Bhat and Madison Porter battled Priscilla Annoul and Alexandra Petrzalkova of GCU, but came up short, 8-3.
The doubles semifinals and finals competitions will both be played on Saturday.
UNM went fifty-fifty in singles ending the day a final record of 3-3. Olivier, Bhat, and Porter will all be competing in the semifinals on Saturday after picking up a victory on Friday. Baklini, Bezdickova, and Blankers will all continue play in the back draw of their brackets.
"We had some good performances today and unfortunately a few bad ones too," head coach Erica Jasper said. "We looked like the young team that we are today, which was a little disappointing because of all the progress we have made this fall. Hopefully we can re-group tonight and come out much more prepared to play tomorrow as we have tough matches across the board."
Tournament play will resume on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (MTN).
Entire day one results are attached. (above)
(FULL RESULTS – DAY ONE)
Doubles Results - Day One
Cherry Doubles Bracket (First Round):
Bezdickova/Blankers (UNM) def. Van de Velde/Gunuganti (GCU), 8-6
Silver Doubles Bracket (First Round):
Annoual/Petrzalkova (GCU) def. Bhat/Porter (UNM), 8-3
Baklini/Olivier (UNM) def. Tench/Sylenko (UTEP), 8-2
Singles Results – Day One
Cherry Singles Bracket (First Round):
Annoual (GCU) def. Bezdickova (UNM), 6-1, 6-3
Meza (UTEP) def. Blankers (UNM), 6-3, 7-6 (1)
Silver Singles Bracket (First Round):
Olivier (UNM) def. Visscher (UTEP), 6-0, 6-2
Turquoise Singles Bracket (First Round):
Bhat (UNM) def. Van de Velde (GCU), 6-0, 7-5
Black Singles Bracket (First Round):
Porter (UNM) def. Sylenko (UTEP), 6-2, 6-1
Petrzalkova (GCU) def. Headford (UNM), 6-1, 6-0
Denesick (NAU) def. Baklini (UNM), 6-4, 7-5