Spartans impressive on first day of Wake Forest Invite
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – UNCG's women's tennis team had an impressive showing on the first day of the Wake Forest Invitational, going 5-1 in singles play and 3-2 in doubles action at the Wake Forest Tennis Center on Friday.
The Spartans were victorious in the B-F singles flights. Dilara Yurtkuran picked up a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-4 win over Richmond's Melissa Kandinata in B Singles, while Annette Rios topped Virginia Tech's Courtney Rauscher 6-4, 6-1 in C Singles. Stephanie Falcon downed Richmond's Elizabeth Sims, the fourth seed in the D Singles flight, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Devon Sutherland, the third seed in the E Singles flight, topped a Southern Conference opponent in Davidson's Catherine Wood, 6-3, 6-1. Kayla Gammie dropped Campbell's Lourdes Ros 6-3, 6-4 in F Singles.
UNCG's lone singles loss came in the A Singles flight, where Missouri's Maria Christensen knocked off Alex Whitehead, 6-0, 6-3.
Whitehead got a measure of revenge in doubles play, teaming with Gammie to down Christensen and Ashleigh Chiaf in the first round of the A Doubles flight, 8-2. Louisville's Sarah Miller and Mandy Brown, seeded third in the flight, sent Whitehead and Gammie into the fifth-place bracket with an 8-5 win in the second round.
Yurtkuran and Rios dropped an 8-3 match to Winthrop's third-seeded Sandra Herrera and Giovanna Portioli in the B Doubles flight but advanced in the consolation bracket with an 8-3 win over Missouri's Alex Clark and Rachel Stuhlmann.
Sutherland and Falcon, the top seeds in the C Doubles flight, topped Radford's Taylor Newman Sara Tegner 8-5 in the second round of that flight after earning a first-round bye.
The Spartans will return to action at the Wake Forest Invitational on Saturday morning, while Niltooli Wilkins and Lucy Dougherty will compete at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in California later in the day.
Wake Forest Invitational (Sept. 30, 2011)
Maria Christensen (Missouri) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG), 6-0, 6-3
Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) def. Melissa Kandinata (Richmond), 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-4
Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Courtney Rauscher (Virginia Tech), 6-4, 6-1
Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Elizabeth Sims (Richmond), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Devon Sutherland (UNCG) def. Catherine Wood (Davidson), 6-3, 6-1
Kayla Gammie (UNCG) def. Lourdes Ros (Campbell), 6-3, 6-4
Whitehead/Gammie (UNCG) def. Christensen/Ashleigh Chiaf (Missouri), 8-2
Sarah Miller/Mandy Brown (Louisville) def. Whitehead/Gammie (UNCG), 8-5
Sandra Herrera/Giovanna Portioli (Winthrop) def. Yurtkuran/Rios (UNCG), 8-3
Yurtkuran/Rios (UNCG) def. Alex Clark/Rachel Stuhlmann (Missouri), 8-3
Sutherland/Falcon (UNCG) receive first-round bye
Sutherland/Falcon (UNCG) def. Taylor Newman/Sara Tegner (Radford), 8-5
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