Aggie Women’s ITA Regional Wrap-up

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LUBBOCK -- Texas A&M’s Anna Blagodarova and Tiffany Clifford reached the semifinals of the doubles main draw, highlighting a packed weekend of doubles and singles matches contested at the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships, played Friday through Tuesday in Lubbock.

Aggie freshman Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) also garnered praise after reaching the quarterfinals in both the singles main draw and the doubles main draw, along with partner Michelle Sammons.

“Overall I felt like we had a pretty good tournament,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “We didn’t have a fantastic tournament, but I felt like we had a pretty good tournament. We had some matches that I felt like we could have won or could have competed a little better in, but we had others where we did extremely well.”

Blagodarova (Toronto, Ontario) and Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) were the No. 4 seed in the doubles main draw and received a first-round bye. They defeated Ingrid Ballus and Simone Templeton of Texas Tech, 8-2, in the Round of 32 and then disposed of Texas’ Maggie Mello and Courtney Zauft , 8-5, in the Round of 16. Blagodarova and Clifford defeated another tandem from Texas in the quarterfinals, eliminating Stephanie Davison and Caroline Larsson, 8-6, to advance to the semifinals. The Aggies then ran into the No. 1 seed, Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska of TCU, and fell to the Horned Frogs, 8-3.

“Tiffany and Anna played very well in the doubles,” Kleinecke said. “The whole group battled a lot of elements with the strong winds and the colder weather as the tournament went on. That is not easy to play in that setting, but I thought they did a great job of competing and finding ways to hang in the matches. Sometimes it’s just not your best play, but I was very proud of Tiffany and Anna in the doubles. We wish could have played a little bit better in that last round, but they had a great tournament.”

Liles and Sammons (Durban, South Africa) reached the doubles quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by No. 2-seed and eventual champions Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor, 8-4. The Aggie duo began the tournament by defeating Mackenzie Farmer and Jennifer Nowland of Texas State, 8-1. They then topped Baylor’s Jana Bielikova and Zuzana Chmelarova, 8-4 in the Round of 32. Liles and Sammons cruised to an 8-0 victory over the eighth-seeded duo of Kerryn Potgieter and Samantha van der Drift of Texas Tech, 8-0, in the Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Liles had A&M’s best showing in singles, winning her first three matches in straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 3 seed Macall Harkins of TCU in the Round of 16. Liles fell to No. 5 seed Nina Munch-Soegaard of TCU, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

“Christi, being a freshman, had a great tournament and bounced back after not having a good showing in the previous tournament,” Kleinecke said. “The win over the TCU seeded player, Harkins, was a great win for Christi, and she was just a hair from making it to the semifinals, losing 7-5 in the third. Christi really stood out with her performance.”

A&M’s Elze’ Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa), who reached the finals as a freshman last year, was eliminated from the singles main draw in the Round of 16. Blagodarova was the only other player to reach the Round of 32 before being eliminated.

”We learned a lot, and this tournament provided what we needed it to at this time of the year; to see where we are and to kind of measure ourselves and see what we need to work on,” Kleinecke said. “We’ve targeted a lot of things that we can get better at.”

The Aggies conclude the fall season at the Harvard Invitational, Nov. 2-4, in Boston.

The following are A&M’s complete results from the ITA Regionals:

Singles Main Draw - Round of 64

(7) Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU) def. Leila Salek (Houston), 7-5, 6-2

Jane Pringle (Texas) def. Marisa Druss (TAMU), 6-4, 6-2

Michelle Sammons (TAMU) def. Andrea Martinez (Lamar), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Kelsy Garland (Texas Tech) def. Tiffany Clifford (TAMU), 6-2, 6-3

Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Kristen Reid (SMU), 7-6 (3), 6-2

Anna Blagodarova (TAMU) def. Angela Dangond (Louisiana-Lafayette), 4-6, 6-0, 6-0

Singles Main Draw - Round of 32

(7) Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU) def. Pavi Francis (SMU), 6-2, 6-1

(4) Courtney Zauft (Texas) def. Michelle Sammons (TAMU), 6-2, 6-2

Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Julie Mazinova (Louisiana-Lafayette), 6-3, 6-1

Maggie Mello (Texas) def. Anna Blagodarova (TAMU), 6-2, 6-3

Singles Main Draw - Round of 16

Mariayeri Gutierrez (Lamar) def. (7) Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU), 6-4, 6-3

Christi Liles (TAMU) def. (3) Macall Harkins (TCU), 6-4, 6-3

Singles Main Draw - Quarterfinals

(5) Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. Christi Liles (TAMU) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

Consolation Main Draw Singles – West (Round of 32)

Nicole Briceno (SMU) def. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (7)

Marisa Druss (TAMU) def. Varsha Shiva-Shanker (Rice), default

Sarah Lancaster (Texas) def. Tiffany Clifford (TAMU), 6-2, 6-4

Consolation Main Draw Singles – West (Round of 16)

Marisa Druss (TAMU) def. Narine Kazarova (Texas Tech), 6-2, 6-4

Consolation Main Draw Singles – West (Quarterfinals)

Dominique Kara (Rice) def. Marisa Druss (TAMU), 6-4, 6-2

Consolation Main Draw Singles – North (Round of 16)

Hannah Robinson (LSU) def. Michelle Sammons (TAMU), 6-4, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (4)

Anna Blagodarova (TAMU) def. Madura Ranganathan (North Texas), 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (6)

Consolation Main Draw Singles – North (Quarterfinals)

Caroline Larsson (Texas) def. Anna Blagodarova (TAMU), 6-2, 6-3

Consolation Main Draw Singles – South (16)

Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Weronika Bloczynska (UTEP), walk over

Tiffany Lee (Rice) def. Tiffany Clifford (TAMU), 5-7, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (8)

Doubles Main Draw - Round of 64

(4) Anna Blagodarova/Tiffany Clifford (TAMU), bye

Mariayeri Gutierrez/ Andrea Martinez (Lamar) def. Stephanie Davidson/Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU), 8-6

Christi Liles/Michelle Sammons (TAMU) def. Mackenzie Farmer/Jennifer Nowland (Texas State), 8-1

Doubles Main Draw - Round of 32

(4) Anna Blagodarova/Tiffany Clifford (TAMU) def. Ingrid Ballus/Simone Templeton (Texas Tech), 8-2

Christi Liles/Michelle Sammons (TAMU) def. Jana Bielikova/Zuzana Chmelarova (Baylor), 8-4

Doubles Main Draw - Round of 16

(4)Anna Blagodarova/Tiffany Clifford (TAMU) def. Maggie Mello/Courtney Zauft (Texas), 8-5

Christi Liles/Michelle Sammons (TAMU) def. (8) Kerryn Potgieter/Samantha van der Drift (Texas Tech), 8-0

Doubles Main Draw - Quarterfinals

(4) Anna Blagodarova/Tiffany Clifford (TAMU) def. Stephanie Davison/Caroline Larsson (Texas), 8-6

(2) Lenka Broosova/Zuzana Zemenova (Baylor) def. Christi Liles/Michelle Sammons (TAMU), 8-3

Doubles Main Draw - Semifinals

(1) Macall Harkins/Anna Sydorska (TCU) def. (4) Anna Blagodarova/Tiffany Clifford (TAMU), 8-3

Doubles Main Draw Consolation - Round of 16

Stephanie Davidson/Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU) def. Maria Jose Andres/Leah Roberts (Texas Tech), 8-6

Doubles Main Draw Consolation - Quarterfinals

Stephanie Davidson/Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU) def. Pavi Francis/Kristen Reid (SMU), ??

Doubles Main Draw Consolation - Semifinals

Stephanie Davidson/Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU) def. Sarah Lancaster/Jane Pringle (Texas), 8-3

Doubles Main Draw Consolation - Finals

Stephanie Davidson/Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU), bye

Doubles Main Draw Consolation – West ( Round of 32)

Stephanie Davidson/Elze’ Potgieter (TAMU) def. Amber Brightly/Marina Deluca (UTEP), 8-2