Five Lobos Headed To Falcon Invite Championship
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/28/2013

September 28, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Five Lobos on the women’s tennis team will represent the University of New Mexico in a championship match at the Falcon Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Day two of the 2013 Falcon Invite, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy, wrapped up on Saturday afternoon. The Lobos ended their day in Colorado Springs, Colo. with a perfect doubles record of 3-0. They also saw success in singles play as they finished day two with a 9-3 overall singles record.

The Lobos have three athletes competing in a championship round in singles play. Lizette Blankers will be competing in the championship round of the Flight Alpha Singles bracket against Wyoming’s Veronica Popovici. UNM’s Meredith Hopson will compete against her own teammate, Emily Olivier, in the final round of the Flight Bravo Singles bracket.

“We had a number of players grind out exceptionally close matches in singles,” said head coach Erica Jasper. “Freshmen Emily Olivier and Meredith Hopson were clutch in tie breakers to finish off the day which was great to see.”

Four Lobos will be competing in a championship round in doubles play on Sunday morning. Hopson and Bhat will battle Christa Gecheva and Alma Espinosa from Wyoming in the Flight Bravo Doubles bracket. Dulski and Olivier will play Air Force’s Natasha Rizvi and Marcelli Magday for the Flight Alpha Doubles bracket championship.

“We made some nice improvements in doubles this morning,” said Jasper. “We have some really tough matches tomorrow, so we’ll need to work even harder to put ourselves in position to win.”

Doubles championship matches will begin on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. (MTN).

Singles championship matches will begin on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. (MTN).


(Full results below)




Flight “Alpha” Singles:

Lizette Blankers (UNM) def. Rizvi (AFA), 7-6, 6-3

Lizette Blankers (UNM) def. Heferon (CSU), 6-4, 6-2

Popovici (WYO) def. Meredith Hopson (UNM), 6-0, 6-0


Flight “Bravo” Singles:

Dominique Dulski (UNM) def. Gecheva (WYO), 6-3, 6-3

Dominique Dulski (UNM) def. Meyers (AFA), 6-4, 6-2

Emily Olivier (UNM) def. Parizher (WYO), 6-1, 1-6, 6-3

Emily Olivier (UNM) def. Fernandez (BUFF), 6-1, 7-6 (4)


Flight “Charlie” Singles:

Zhelyazkova (WYO) def. Susan Baklini (UNM), 6-4, 6-3

Rachana Bhat (UNM) def. Magday (AFA), 6-4, 6-4

Candanoza (BUFF) def. Rachana Bhat (UNM), 6-2, 6-3


Flight “Alpha” Doubles:

Dulski/Olivier (UNM) def. Tran/Rudico (AFA), 8-7 (6)


Flight “Alpha” Doubles (Consolation Play):

Baklini/Blankers (UNM) def. Catlin/Coton (UNC), 8-4


Flight “Bravo” Doubles:

Hopson/Bhat (UNM) def. Tsui/Manole (WVU), 8-5