October 11, 2013
ALBUQUERUQUE, N.M. – Susie Baklini, Rachana Bhat, Meredith Hopson, and Emily Olivier wrapped up their first day of competition at the 2013 Wildcat Invitational taking place at the University of Arizona, Oct. 11-13.
The University of New Mexico had a strong start to the day in singles play. All four Lobos won their first match and advanced onto the second round of their brackets. Unfortunately, only Bhat was able to pull off a second victory on Friday afternoon. She is the only Lobo still in the running for a singles championship title.
Hopson, Olivier, and Baklini all came up short in the second round and will now compete in consolation play for the remainder of the tournament.
UNM went 1-1 in doubles play on day one. Bhat and Hopson teamed up to take the victory in their first doubles match of the tournament. Olivier and Baklini didn’t see the same success as the University of Texas-San Antonio’s Jacobea Junger and Daniela Garcia-Diaz defeated the UNM duo, 8-5.
"It was a solid day of competition for us," assistant coach Kelcy McKenna said. "Tomorrow will be another challenge as we look to improve our start in doubles and continue to battle in singles."
Bhat will continue to work towards the championship as she competes in the semi-finals of Crimson Singles Flight on Saturday morning. She will also represent the Lobos in doubles play as her and Hopson continue their battle in the Crimson Doubles Flight.
For full results at the end of each day head to golobos.com.
(FULL RESULTS – DAY ONE)
Wildcat Singles Flight:
Hopson (New Mexico) def. Jonsson (UTSA), 6-1, 6-0
Oldham (UA) over Hopson (NM), 6-2, 6-4 (second round)
Olivier (NM) def. Cassens (ISU), 6-2, 6-7, 6-0
Calvillo (UTEP) over Olivier (NM), 6-1, 6-2 (second round)
Crimson Singles Flight:
Bhat (NM) over Visscher (UTEP), 6-1 6-4
Bhat (NM) over Shutter (CSUN), 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 (second round)
Navy Singles Flight:
Baklini (NM) over Karaklis (UTSA), 5-6, 7-6, 6-1
Austin (UA) over Baklini (NM), 6-3, 6-3 (second round)
Wildcat Doubles Flight:
Junger/Garcia-Diaz (UTSA) def. Olivier/Baklini (UNM), 8-5
Crimson Doubles Flight:
Bhat/Hopson (UNM) def. Marquez/Chang (CSUN), 8-2