CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNCG's Niltooli Wilkins picked up her second win over a ranked opponent in singles play this season to highlight the Spartans' first day of action at the Kitty Harrison Invitational at North Carolina's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Friday.
Wilkins topped NC State's Tatiana Illova, 6-0, 6-3. It was Wilkins' second win of the fall season over Illova, ranked No. 114 in the ITA's preseason rankings.
Freshman Stephanie Falcon also grabbed a win over the Wolfpack, taking down Sophie Nelson by a 7-5, 6-2 score.
NC State's Ashley Miller topped Dilara Yurtkuran 6-1, 6-2, while Elisha Hande dropped the Spartans' Alex Whitehead by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Christy Sipes downed Lucy Dougherty 6-0, 6-4 and Chloe Smith defeated Annette Rios 6-1, 6-3 as the Wolfpack took four of the six singles matches against the Spartans.
UNCG's Devon Sutherland took on Virginia's Molly O'Koniewski in the Spartans' other singles match of the day, dropping a 6-1, 6-1 decision.
In doubles play, Sutherland teamed with Falcon to down Virginia's Marjorie Baker and Clare Spooner, 8-2. Ninth-ranked Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra avenged an early season loss to UNCG's Wilkins and Dougherty with an 8-4 triumph Friday, while Li Xi and Caryssa Peretz teamed up to drop Whitehead and Yurtkuran by an 8-6 score.
Maria Fuccillo and O'Koniewski defeated UNCG's Kayla Gammie and Rios by an 8-3 score.
The Spartans took three of four doubles matches against Southern Conference foe Furman. Whitehead and Dougherty claimed an 8-4 win over Margaret Boyette and Katherine Oudin, and Yurtkuran and Whitehead dropped Alex Moreno-Kaste and Kelly Sullivan, 8-5. Rios and Gammie picked up an 8-2 win over Kelsey Kinderknecht and Olivia Maurice, while Kinderknecht and Amanda Murray defeated Sutherland and Falcon by an 8-4 score for the Paladins' lone win.
UNCG continues play at the Kitty Harrison Invitational on Saturday.
Kitty Harrison Invitational (Chapel Hill, N.C., Nov. 4, 2011)
UNCG vs. NC State
Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) d. No. 114 Tatiana Illova (NCSU), 6-0, 6-3
Ashley Miller (NCSU) d. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 6-1, 6-2
Elisha Hande (NCSU) d. Alex Whitehead (UNCG), 6-3, 6-4
Christy Sipes (NCSU) d. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG), 6-0, 6-4
Chloe Smith (NCSU) d. Annette Rios (UNCG), 6-1, 6-3
Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) d. Sophie Nelson (NCSU), 7-5, 6-2
UNCG vs. Virginia
Molly O'Koniewski (UVA) def. Devon Sutherland (UNCG), 6-1, 6-1
UNCG vs. Virginia
No. 9 Lindsey Hardenbergh/Erin Vierra (UVA) d. Wilkins/Dougherty (UNCG), 8-4
Li Xi/Caryssa Peretz (UVA) d. Whitehead/Yurtkuran (UNCG), 8-6
Maria Fuccillo/O'Koniewski (UVA) d. Kayla Gammie/Rios (UNCG), 8-3
Devon Sutherland/Falcon (UNCG) d. Marjorie Baker/Clare Spooner (UVA), 8-2
UNCG vs. Furman
Wilkins/Dougherty (UNCG) d. Margaret Boyette/Katherine Oudin (FU), 8-4
Yurtkuran/Whitehead (UNCG) d. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Kelly Sullivan (FU), 8-5
Rios/Gammie (UNCG) d. Kelsey Kinderknecht/Olivia Maurice (FU), 8-2
Amanda Murray/Kinderknecht (FU) d. Sutherland/Falcon (UNCG), 8-4
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