The University of New Mexico duo had been succeeding in the doubles category since Wednesday, but unfortunately won’t be advancing to championship match (being aired on ESPN) in Orlando, Fla. Bezdickova and Blankers battled through three long matches before falling to the No. 8 Texas A&M doubles team, Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov on Saturday (8-4).
“Misa and Lizette had a great tournament and picked up some quality wins,” head coach Erica Jasper said. “I look forward to continuing to see them improve and come into their own as a team.”
Blankers and Bezdickova completed the Clay Collegiate Invite with an impressive 3-1 doubles record. The duo went 1-1 on Saturday as they defeated Vanderbilt’s Georgina Sellyn and Frances Altick in the quarterfinals (8-4) before their doubles rally came to an end in the semifinals.
The Lobos continued to struggle in singles on day three at the Wide World of Sports Tennis Complex. They went 1-3 in Saturday’s consolation play.
“In singles we definitely have some things to work on in the next few weeks and in the off season, but I was very pleased with our improvements match to match,” Jasper said.
The women’s tennis program is heading back to New Mexico to prepare for its final fall season event. The Lobos are hosting the 2013 Lobo Fall Invitational, Nov. 1-3, at the Linda Estes Tennis Center.
“Overall this tournament provided us a great experience,” Jasper said. “The USTA and host Florida State really did an excellent job putting on a top rate event and we were thankful to be a part of it.”