Five Women's Tennis Teams Compete as Fall Season Begins

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CAMPBELL AND GARDNER-WEBB COMPETE AT DAVIDSON INVITATIONAL

Tamara Stanic tied for honors in her flight as Campbell opened its women's tennis fall season at the Davidson Invitational.

Stanic was one of three Camels who went 2-1 in their respective flights.  Stanic won five of six full sets at the number two flight, dropping a 12-10 third-set super tie-break to Davidson's Laina Cummer after the pair split the first two sets.  She then defeated Nicole Laduca of East Carolina and Gardner-Webb's Jenny Lunde in straights.

Karolina Chernaya (Flight 3) and Ewa Telenga (Flight 4) also won two of their three singles matches, then paired to go 2-1 at the second doubles flight.

Lourdes Ros and Kirsten Renz won two of three contests at the third doubles flight.

The Camels continue their fall slate next Friday (Sept. 14) at the Elon Fall Invitational.

Gardner-Webb's women's tennis team competed at the Davidson Invitational Friday and Saturday as well, getting a singles flight win from senior Erica White as well as a doubles flight win from a pair of seniors (White and Ronia Hutterli).

White picked up three individual victories to cruise to the flight win, knocking off East Carolina's Yillan Zhang (6-3, 6-3), Davidson's Brites Moniz-Soares (6-0, 2-6, 10-5), and Campbell's Ana Ortiz (6-3, 6-3).

Hutterli teamed with White to earn three Flight 1 doubles victories en route to the flight win.  The two Runnin' Bulldog seniors teamed up to defeat Davidson's Crouser/Held (8-5), Campbell's Ortiz/Stanic (8-6), and East Carolina's Zhang/Terpko (8-4).

Another Runnin' Bulldog duo impressed at the Invitational, as junior Jenny Lunde and sophomore Yasmin Doost combined to pick up two wins in Flight 2 doubles.  Lunde and Doost defeated the Davidson duo of Bschorer/Nickles 8-2, as well as ECU's pair of Wanko/Tanik 8-1 in flight play.

PRESBYTERIAN AND UNC ASHEVILLE COMPETE AT UNC ASHEVILLE BULLDOG INVITATIONAL

The Presbyterian College women's tennis team turned in a strong performance over the weekend at the UNC Asheville Bulldog Invitational, posting several high finishes.

Caroline deLoach finished in second place in the tournament's top (Blue) draw, winning two three-set matches and one in straight sets before falling to UNC Asheville's Zoe Hamel, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.  deLoach's wins included victories over Milligan's Rachel Hodas (6-4, 6-4, 4-6), West Virginia State's Andreea Slusarciuc (2-6, 6-4, 6-4) and UNC Asheville's Emily McNall (6-0, 6-3) to reach the championship match.

Greer Ransom joined deLoach near the top of the heap by taking third in the Blue draw.  The sophomore knocked off Milligan's Victoria Grace Sarver, 6-7, 6-4, 3-6, before dropping a match to the eventual champion Hamel.  Ransom responded with a dominant straight sets victory over McNall (6-1, 6-0) to finish third.

In the Black draw, Patricia Alves finished in third while Lucia Leahy won the consolation bracket.  Alves took matches from WVSU's Charlotte Sandy (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) and Milligan's Sarah Rainwater (6-2, 6-4) but came up short against Asheville's Gillian Lewis.  In the third place match, Alves defeated Asheville's Amie Cloer, 7-6, 6-2.

Lucia took a win over Sandy as well knocking off an unaffiliated player for the consolation title.

Freshmen Haley Elliott and Kayla Stanford played their first matches for PC on the weekend.  Stanford took a 6-3, 6-2 match from WVSU's Amber Schneider while Elliott gave Asheville's Lewis a run, 6-1, 7-5.

The Blue Hose also delivered solid outings in doubles play.  The duo of Ransom and Lindsay Krause finished as runners-up after a 9-8 battle to Asheville.  deLoach and Alves took third place while Leahy and Stanford emerged as champions of the consolation bracket.

PC returns to action on Friday, September 21 with a weekend at the USC Upstate Fall Classic.

The UNC Asheville women's tennis team enjoyed an excellent start to the fall season at the Bulldog Invitational this past weekend.  The Invitational was held at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.

Junior Zoe Hamel captured the Blue flight title in singles, while Jenna Dodge won the Black flight in singles.

There was one doubles flight, and the duo of Armyn Solider and Hamel won that flight.

Hamel, who missed half of last season with an injury, won three matches to win the Blue Flight.  She won a three-set semifinal match over Greer Ransom of Presbyterian College, 0-6, 7-6, 6-3.  Hamel then knocked off Caroline deLoach of PC in the finals, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Elsewhere in the Blue flight, Emily McNall won two matches before falling to DeLoach.  Christine Boissevain split a pair of matches.

In the Black flight, Dodge won four matches to claim the title.  She knocked off two teammates in the semifinals and finals.  Dodge slipped past Ami Cloer in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-2 and held off freshman Gillian Lewis, 6-3, 6-4.

Lewis won three matches to get to the finals, while Cloer earned two wins to get to the semifinals.

In doubles completion, Soldier and Hamel won three matches to win that flight.  The teams of Dodge-Lewis and McNall-Boissevain split a pair of matches.

The Bulldogs will have some time off to work on their games.  Asheville does not compete again until the weekend of Oct. 26 when it will compete in the Davidson Invitational.

 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN COMPETES AT UNCW-LANDFALL INVITATIONAL

Marketa Placha won the singles A flight at the UNCW-Landfall Invitational tournament this past weekend as the Charleston Southern women's tennis team recorded their first action of the 2012-2013 season.

Placha recorded the win for the Lady Bucs in the A flight, defeating opponents from Virginia Commonwealth and host UNC Wilmington in winning the top singles flight at the Country Club of Landfall's Tennis Center.

The weekend began in doubles play and Charleston Southern had two teams competing in the doubles A flight, with the duo of Walters/Hubler falling 8-4 in the quarterfinal to Yakauleva/Alesha (VCU), while Nour/Sidorenko topped Gerbasi/Choo (ETSU) 8-6 to advance to the semifinals.  Nour/Sidorenko fell to eventual flight championships Sekely/Blank (UNCW) in their semifinal match, 9-7, while Cameron/Hales (UNCW) topped Walters/Hubler in the consolation bracket semifinals, 8-3.

Placha/Das won their quarterfinal match in the doubles B flight, topping Riley/Lovett (UNCW) on Friday morning, 8-5, but fell to eventual flight champions McShane/Kolovou (ETSU) in the semifinals, 8-3.  Meanwhile, Bell/Wilkins fell in their quarterfinal match to Chahal/Mathis (WVU), and were unable to top Toidze/Tsui (WVU) in the consolation bracket in falling in doubles action.

She opened the flight topping Blank in the quarterfinals, and advanced to the finals with a three-set victory over Yakauleva (VCU).  Placha overcame dropping the first set 6-3 to rally to take the final two sets in the best-of-three setup, winning 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the championship.  In the championship match, she topped Sekely (UNCW) in straight sets, winning 6-2, 7-5 to close out the day.

Hubler also competed in the singles A flight for CSU, topping West Virginia's Wooland in three sets, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, but fell in the semifinals to Sekely in straight sets, preventing the all-CSU final.

Angelica Sidorenko and Alexandra Walters took on the singles B flight for head coach Mike Baker, but both fell in the quarterfinal round.  Sidorenko opened against Kvitashvii (VCU), while Walters took on Ritchie (UNCW).  In the consolation bracket of the B flight, Sidorenko and Walters dropped matches against Cameron (UNCW) and Chahal (WVU) before the CSU duo took each other on Sunday afternoon with Sidorenko ending the tournament victorious.

Alia Nour and Susita Das competed in the singles C flight for Charleston Southern, with Nour falling in the quarterfinal round in straight sets to East Tennessee State's Gerbasi, while Das topped Hales (UNCW) 6-3, 7-6 (6) to advance to the semifinals.  Das advanced to the final match of the flight with a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 victory over Barrett (WVU), but came up short in the championship match against Gerbasi, falling 7-5, 6-0.  Nour fell in the consolation bracket to Kharkevitch (UNCW) in straight sets on Saturday evening to close out her tournament.

Chanel Bell and Shanetta Wilkins battled through the singles D Flight, as Wilkins topped Hedges (UNCW) in their quarterfinal match, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, while Bell fell to Tsui (WVU) in a tough three-set match.  Wilkins lost in the semifinal match to eventual flight champion Lovett (UNCW) in straight sets, but Bell rebounded from her first round defeat to capture the consolation bracket championship, defeating Toidze (WVU) in three sets for the victory, winning 6-7 (3), 6-3, 10-8.