Jan. 31, 2013
The University of Louisville women's tennis team has a busy weekend ahead as they travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on Virginia Tech and Minnesota. Cards face Virginia Tech on Friday at 3 p.m. and the Gophers on Saturday at 1p.m. in a neutral site match.
The Cardinals were at home again this weekend as they played a double header against Southern Illinois and Miami of Ohio on Saturday. The Cards opened the day upsetting a top 40- ranked duo from Southern Illinois and went on to win five of the six singles, defeating Southern Illinois 6-1. In the second match of the double header, the Cards swept Miami of Ohio, 7-0. The Cardinals are now 4-0 as they travel to Virginia.
The Cardinals boast two top-100 ranked players, junior Rebecca Shine at No. 62 and junior Julia Fellerhoff at No. 84 in the latest rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Minnesota participated in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in College Station, Texas last weekend. The Gophers, tied for 41st in the latest ITA rankings, earned a No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Gophers faced No. 30 - ranked Arizona in the opening round. Arizona defeated the Gophers 5-2. Minnesota earned a point for their doubles play but fell short, unable to clinch enough points from the singles competition. Aria Lambert was the only Gopher to add a point to the team total during singles after defeating Akilah James. Lambert bounced back from a 1-6 loss in the first set and barely clinched the second set through a tiebreak in the second. In the third, Lambert defeated James 6-3.
The Gophers faced No. 54- ranked North Texas on the final day of the tournament. North Texas took control early, winning the doubles competition. But the Gophers bounced back in the singles competition, grabbing three wins. Alexa Palen took the first win from the No. 6 position with a 6-1, 6-2 over North Texas' Dané Joubert. Minnesota fought hard but fell short at the No. 2 singles slot match, 4-6; 6-4; 6-4. Minnesota is now 2-2 for the season.
After opening their season 2-0, the Virginia Tech Hokies had a week off as they prepare to host both Louisville and Minnesota this weekend. The Hokies opened their season at home on January 20th, in a double header against Davidson and Navy. The Hokies devastated Davidson in a 7-0 victory.
In the second match of a double-header, Virginia Tech added another victory to their record, defeating Navy 6-1. Ilinca Stoica and Kelly Williford grabbed the first win in doubles with an 8-1 win at No. 1. The Hokies held on to secure the doubles points when Reluca Mita and Carol Kahoun defeated Emani Decquir and Sam Droop 8-3 at No. 2. Navy scored their first and only point of the day as Stefanie Ton defeated Mariana Silva 6-4, 6-4 at No.6 in the singles match.