MIDLAND, Texas – Texas A&M women’s tennis player Elzé Potgieter reached the finals today at the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational but was edged out in the championship match by Nebraska’s Mary Weatherholt.
Potgieter, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, and Weatherholt split the first two sets. Weatherholt, who had knocked off No. 3 seed Karolina Filipak of Baylor in the Round of 16, took the opening set, 7-5, but Potgieter came back to win the second set, 6-3, and force a 10-point super tiebreaker. Weatherholt then won the tiebreaker, 10-7, to win the championship.
Potgieter reached the finals by defeating Alex Liles of Pepperdine, 7-5, 6-3, in the semifinals earlier in the day. Liles is the older sister of Christi Liles, a sophomore on the Aggies tennis team.
In other action, Texas A&M has reached one singles final and two doubles finals at the USTA BJK NTC Women’s College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y.
Freshman Sheri Olivier is in the finals in the Singles “III” flight. In addition, the Aggies have two doubles teams in the finals in their respective flights. The tandem of Morgan Frank and Stephanie Davidson is in the finals in the Doubles “I” flight, and Olivier and Christina Amo are in the finals in the Doubles “III” flight.
Complete results of the Women’s College Invitational will be posted following the conclusion of the tournament on Monday.
Next up for the Aggies is the ITA Southwest Regional, Oct. 23-27 at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The singles finalists and the doubles champion will earn an automatic bid to the ITA National Indoor Championships, Nov. 6-9, hosted by the University of Virginia.
Midland Racquet Club Invitational -- Day 3 Results (Sunday, Oct. 12)
Elzé Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Alex Liles (Pepperdine), 7-5, 6-3
Mary Weatherholt (Nebraska) def. Elzé Potgieter (Texas A&M), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (7)
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
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