Women's Tennis Continues to Improve During Fall Season



Kirsten Renz won the B-2 singles flight and two Campbell doubles teams reach flight finals Sunday at the Elon Fall Invitational women's tennis tournament.

A freshman from Greensboro, Renz dropped the first set to Aissa Mumba of North Carolina Central 2-6 before taking the second set in a tiebreaker.  She then claimed a super tie-break (10-7).

In the first round, Renz defeated Sarah Vande Berg of USC Upstate 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.  She downed Caroline Baker of Elon 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinal.

Campbell tandems reached the doubles finals in both the A-1 and A-2 flights.  Junior Karolina Chernaya and freshman Ana Ortiz defeated teams from USC Upstate and NC Central en route to Sunday's A-1 final, but fell 8-2 to Elon's Johnston and Jansaker in the title match.

Junior Natasha Afridi and sophomore Tamara Stanic downed tandems from Virginia Tech and Meredith to reach the A-2 final, but fell to Bryn Khoury and Maria Camera of Elon 8-2.

Camel freshman Caroline Lindsey won the B-2 singles consolation draw after a first-round loss.

Campbell continues its fall schedule Oct. 5-7 at the Wake Forest Invitational.


Coastal Carolina women's tennis kicked off the 2012-13 season at the College of Charleston Fall Tournament.

The first day saw the Chants finish 3-9 in singles action, with Kourtney Kowal, Libby Scott and Vanessa Ortiz all splitting their first two matches.  Also participating in singles matches today were Mikaela Davies, Dominique De Wit, and Nicole Boyle.

Coastal Carolina women's tennis ended their final day of competition at the College of Charleston Tournament by going 3-1 in singles competition and recording two victories in doubles.

Libby Scott followed up her victory over Lindsey Cable of Stetson on Saturday by defeating Tyler Baker of Charlotte to finish fifth in the A2 flight.  Shelby Bates and Vanessa Ortiz also posted wins in the final day of competition.

In the A1 doubles flight, Libby Scott and Kourtney Kowal split their two matches on Saturday before putting away the Charlotte pair of Anna Ekelund and Lisa Grosselius on Sunday to place fifth.  Shelby Bates and Mikaela Davies also recorded a victory over Davidson's Nisha Crouser and Elise Held in the A2 doubles flight.

CCU's women's tennis team will next be competing in the UNC Charlotte Fall Invitational which will take place in Charlotte, N.C. Oct. 12 and 13.


The Liberty women's tennis team notched nine victories on day one of the Liberty Fall Classic at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.

The Lady Flames won five out of eight doubles matches and four out of six singles matches on the day.

Highlighting doubles action for Liberty was the pair of Jessie Boda and Cameron Richard who reached the finals in the Flight 3 bracket.  Boda and Richard notched an 8-6 first round victory over Gaby Celi and Gabby Gabriel of Appalachian State and an 8-2 win over Megan Douglass (JMU) and Rebecca Graff (NSU) to advance to the finals.

Brittany Yang and Valerie Thong as well as Alexandra Sheeran and Rebekah Jenkins also picked up first round victories for the Lady Flames in doubles play.

In singles play, Nicola Wellman, Annisha Domenech, Thong and Boda advanced with convincing first round victories for Liberty.

Jenkins finished off a solid weekend for the Liberty women's tennis team by capturing the championship in the Flight 4 singles bracket at the Liberty Fall Classic on Saturday.

Jenkins' victory was one of 12 total wins on the day for the Lady Flames and one of 21 triumphs for the tournament.  Liberty also reached the finals in five different brackets.

After receiving a first-round bye yesterday, Jenkins notched a semifinal win over Jordan Kerns of West Virginia State, 6-2, 6-2.  In the championship match, Jenkins faced Sarah Moomau of Longwood and triumphed in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

Wellman, Domenech and Thong all picked up semifinal wins in their respective flights for the Lady Flames, but each fell short in their final matches.  Sheeran also notched a pair of wins on the day for Liberty.

In doubles action, the Liberty combo of Boda and Richard fell in the championship match of the Flight 3 bracket to Ruxandra Andriescu and Jacqueline Palmucci of James Madison, 8-3.

The Lady Flames continue their fall schedule by traveling to Blacksburg, Va., for the Hokie Fall Invite beginning Sept. 28.

Longwood University opened its 2012-13 women's tennis campaign with competition at the Liberty Fall Classic hosted by fellow Big South Conference member Liberty University on September 14-15 in Lynchburg.  The Lancers were led by senior Marta Pinyol and junior Sarah Moomau with respective 2-1 records in singles including a Flight 4 runner-up finish by Moomau and a Flight 1 third-place effort by Pinyol, along with sophomore Malin Allgurin who was 1-1 while finishing third in Flight 2 and teamed with Moomau in doubles (2-1) to finish as Flight 2 runners-up.  Longwood will compete again this weekend, Sept. 21-22, at the Georgetown Classic hosted by BIG EAST Conference member Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Pinyol won her first round match over Laura Gutierrez of Norfolk State University (6-0, 5-7, 10-7), lost in the semifinal to Gemma Valls of Radford University (1-6, 2-6) and won her third-place match against Cameron Richard of Liberty (6-4, 5-7, 10-8).  Moomau won her first round match over Allison Michael of RU (6-0, 6-1) and her semifinal against Gabby Gabriel of Appalachian State University (7-6 [5], 6-4), before falling in the final to Rebecca Jenkins of Liberty (4-6, 3-6).  Allgurin enjoyed a first round bye, lost in the semifinal to Jacqueline Palmucci of James Madison University (0-6, 2-6) and won her third-place match against Tea Ivanovic of Virginia Tech (6-0, 6-4).  Moomau and Allgurin won their first round match over NSU (8-1) and their second round match against Liberty (8-6), before falling in the final to JMU (5-8).

Junior Bethany Law (2-1) was the Flight 7 consolation winner with a victory past Millie Downs of Christopher Newport University (6-1, 6-0), and also defeated Angela Stallman of CNU (6-0, 6-2).  Senior Hannah Hill (1-2) fell in the Flight 5 third-place match to MacKenzie Lasure of ASU (1-6, 3-6), and won her first round match against Jodi Noland of CNU (6-0, 6-0).  Junior Nicole Parker (1-2) fell in the Flight 6 third-place match to Jessi Boda of Liberty (1-6, 1-6), and won her first round match against Rebecca Graff of NSU (6-4, 6-0).  Senior Allison Shulman (0-2) fell in the Flight 3 consolation semifinal to Cora Berna of West Virginia State (1-6, 3-6) before withdrawing due to an injury.

Hill and Parker (2-1) placed third in Flight 3 doubles with a win against a pair from JMU and NSU (8-5), after winning their first round match against ASU (8-6) before falling in their semifinal to JMU (4-8).  Pinyol and Shulman (1-2) fell in the Flight 1 consolation final to RU (5-8), after winning their consolation semifinal past CNU (8-6) following a first round defeat to Virginia Tech (1-8).


Four Winthrop women's tennis players turned in strong performances this past weekend at the 2012 UVa Fall Invitational that was held at the Snyder Tennis Center on the University of Virginia campus.

Senior Yasmine Alkema and junior Andressa Garcia placed fourth in the A1 and A2 single draws, respecitvely, while sophomore Ekin Gunaysu won the consolation draw in the B singles bracket and freshman Caitlin Cridland took three of four matches in her round robin competition.

While advancing to the consolation match in her bracket, Alkema defeated VCU's Olga Barshchevskaya (6-4, 5-7, 6-0) and Stephanie Nauta of Virginia (7-6, 2-6, 6-4).  She dropped into the consolation match after losing to UVA's Erin Vierra (6-4, 3-0 ret.) and then fell to Tooli Wilkins of UNCG in the third place match.

Garcia claimed wins over VCU's Josefin Hjetquist (6-3, 7-6) and ODU's Aleksandra Mitrovska (7-5, 3-6, 6-0) before losing to Julia Elbaba of UVA (6-1, 6-2) which put her in the consolation bracket against Olga Terteac of VCU.

After dropping her first match to ODU's Ivana Vukovic, Gunaysu swept through the consolation bracket by defeating Josefin Andersson of South Carolina (7-6, 6-4), Kara Kucin from Marshall (6-2, 6-2) and Marshall's Kai Broomfield (6-0, 7-6) to claim the consolation round of B singles.

Cridland's three victories in the C singles round robin came over Wake Forest's Brigita Bercyte (6-1, 6-2), Jackie Lee of William & Mary (6-4, 6-2), and ODU's Juliana Pires (3-6, 6-3, 6-3).