MIDLAND, Texas – Texas A&M women’s tennis player Elzé Potgieter won two singles matches today to advance to the semifinals of the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational. Potgieter, the tournament’s No. 1 seed in the singles bracket, began the day by defeating Kelsey Garland of Texas Tech, 6-2, 6-1, in the round of 16. She then held off Nebraska’s Wiveca Swarting, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (7), in the quarterfinals to advance.
Potgieter will face Alex Liles of Pepperdine at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with the winner advancing to the championship match. Liles is the older sister of Aggie sophomore Christi Liles.
Christi Liles fell in her only singles match of the day as she was defeated by Irina Paraschin of North Texas, 7-5, 6-0.
In doubles action, the Aggie duo of Potgieter and Liles fell to Pichittra Thongdach (Boise State) and Paraschin, 8-5.
The tournament concludes on Sunday.
Midland Racquet Club Invitational -- Day 2 Results (Saturday, Oct. 11)
Round of 16
Elzé Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Kelsy Garland (Texas Tech), 6-2, 6-1
Elzé Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Wiveca Swarting (Nebraska) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
Irina Paraschin (North Texas) def. Christi Liles (Texas A&M), 7-5, 6-0
Pichittra Thongdach (Boise State)/Irina Paraschin (North Texas) def. Christi Liles/Elzé Potgieter (Texas A&M), 8-5
Midland Racquet Club Invitational -- Day 1 Results (Friday, Oct. 10)
Round of 64
Vivien Silfany (Boise State) def. Christi Liles (A&M), 6-3, 7-5
Round of 32
Elzé Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Emily Braid (Rice), 6-1, 6-2
Christi Liles (Texas A&M) def. Irina Squillachi (Abilene Christian), 6-0, 6-4
Round of 32
Christi Liles/Elzé Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Monika Hadvigarova/Klara Jagasova (Texas-Arlington), 8-3