USTA BJK NTC Invitational Recap

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COLLEGE STATION -- Members of the Texas A&M women’s tennis team recently competed in the USTA BJK NTC Women’s College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y.

Despite playing without two of their top players who were competing in the Midland Invitational, the Aggies reached the finals in three different flights and the semifinals in two other brackets.

“When we split up the team and sent Elzé (Potgieter) and Christi (Liles) to one place and the rest of the girls to New York, that left us a little bit short in the lineup,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “Everybody had to step up and play some different positions than they normally would. I was very pleased with the results.”

Freshman Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) picked up three straight-set singles victories to reach the finals of the Singles III flight before falling to Lindsay Clark of Yale, 7-5, 6-1. Olivier also reached the finals in the Doubles III bracket, teaming with junior Christina Amo (Fort Worth, Texas) to go 3-1. The pair fell to Purdue’s Anna Dushkina and Jennifer Rabot, 8-4, in the final match.

Sophomores Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) represented A&M in the finals of the Doubles I flight. The duo notched wins against teams from Winthrop, Yale and Wake Forest before falling to Bianca Aboubakare and Carey Aboubakare of Brown, 8-2.

Frank reached the semifinals in the Singles I bracket, earning two hard-fought three-set victories before being eliminated by Lana Krasnopolsky of Boston College, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

“Morgan had a great match in her first-round match,” Kleinecke said. “She played a three-and-a-half hour marathon on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and I know that was a special time for her.”

Freshman Ashley Turpin (New Braunfels, Texas) played in the semifinal match in the Singles V flight. Turpin opened with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Caitlin Baker of Rutgers and then held off Ruxandra Dumitescu of Cornell, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, before falling to Lauren Ritz of Yale, 6-3, 6-2.

In other singles action, Davidson and Lauren Santacroce (Spring, Texas) each lost their opening matches in Singles II and Singles VI, respectively, but both won two matches in their respective consolation brackets.

“Overall, we had three singles that made it to the semis, including a freshman who went on to the finals,” Kleinecke said. “Then in the doubles, having two of the three doubles teams make the finals, it was very good. I am really pleased with the results of the tournament.”

The Aggies now begin preparing for their most important tournament of the fall season, the ITA Southwest Regional, Oct. 23-27, hosted by TCU in Fort Worth. The top collegiate players in the region will be competing for an automatic berth into the prestigious ITA National Indoor Championships, Nov. 6-9, in Charlottesville, Va.

“Our big tournament for the fall is coming up next weekend where we play in the qualifier for the National Indoors, Kleinecke said. “You’ve got to get to the finals of singles and win the doubles to get an automatic. It’s a good highlight at the end of the fall for the team.”

A&M’s complete results from the USTA BJK NTC Women’s College Invitational (Oct. 11-13) follow:

Singles I: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Morgan Frank, Texas A&M def. Alexis Dorr, Iowa, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-4
Singles I: Quarterfinal – Oct. 11
Morgan Frank, Texas A&M def. Elizaveta Zaytseva, Winthrop, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
Singles I: Semifinal – Oct. 12
Lana Krasnopolsky, Boston College def. Morgan Frank, Texas A&M, 6-4, 7-6 (5)

Doubles I: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank, Texas A&M def. Paty Coimbra/Elizaveta Zaytseva, Winthrop, 8-6
Doubles I: Quarterfinal – Oct. 12
Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank, Texas A&M def. Lindsay Clark/Janet Kim, Yale, 8-6
Doubles I: Semifinal – Oct. 12
Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank, Texas A&M def. Emilee Malvehy/Sierra Poske, Wake Forest, 8-4
Doubles I: Finals – Oct. 13
Bianca Aboubakare/Carey Aboubakare, Brown def. Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank, Texas A&M, 8-2

Singles II: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Laura Peterzan, Harvard def. Stephanie Davidson, Texas A&M, 6-1, 6-1
Singles II: Consolation (First Round) – Oct. 12
Stephanie Davidson, Texas A&M def. Dasha Cherkasov, Boston College, Wo (inj.)
Singles II: Consolation (Quarterfinal) – Oct. 12
Stephanie Davidson, Texas A&M def. Jillian Santos, Binghamton, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles II: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Lauren Santacroce/Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M def. Leonora Slatnick/Amy Zhang, Rutgers, 8-4
Doubles II: Quarterfinal – Oct. 12
Katarina Gajic/Alina Sullivan, Boston College def. Lauren Santacroce/Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M, 8-4
Doubles II: Consolation (Quarterfinal) – Oct. 12
Casey Herzberg/Sara Mansur, Brown def. Lauren Santacroce/Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M, 8-3

Singles III: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M def. Chelsea Jones, Syracuse, 6-0, 6-2
Singles III: Quarterfinal – Oct. 11
Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M def. Alexa Ely, Penn, 6-4, 6-1
Singles III: Semifinal – Oct. 12
Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M def. Katarina Reveche, Wake Forest, 6-4, 7-5
Singles III: Final – Oct. 13
Lindsay Clark, Yale def. Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M, 7-5, 6-1

Doubles III: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Christina Amo/Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M def. Neils Barringer/Diana Mortlock, NC State, 8-4
Doubles III: Quarterfinal – Oct. 12
Christina Amo/Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M def. Alex Ely/Jacquline Wong, Penn, 8-2
Doubles III: Semifinal – Oct. 12
Christina Amo/Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M def. Jennifer Barnes/Alexis Dorr, Iowa, 8-5
Doubles III: Final – Oct. 13
Anna Dushkina/Jennifer Rabot, Purdue def. Christina Amo/Sheri Olivier, Texas A&M, 8-4

Singles IV: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Katarina Gajic, Boston College def. Lauren Santacroce, Texas A&M, 7-6 (1), 6-3
Singles IV: Consolation (First Round) – Oct. 12
Lauren Santacroce, Texas A&M def. Michael Tollerton, Army, 6-2, 6-3
Singles IV: Consolation (Quarterfinal) – Oct. 12
Lauren Santacroce, Texas A&M def. Yulia Smirnova, Binghamton, 6-1, 6-3

Singles V: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M def. Caitlin Baker, Rutgers, 6-1, 6-1
Singles V: Quarterfinal – Oct. 11
Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M def. Ruxandra Dumitescu, Cornell, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Singles V: Semifinal – Oct. 12
Lauren Ritz, Yale def. Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-2

Singles VI: Round of 16 – Oct. 11
Remi Martin, Purdue def. Christina Amo, Texas A&M, 6-2, 6-1
Singles VI: Consolation (First Round) – Oct. 12
Christina Amo, Texas A&M def. H-Ann Johnson, LIU, 6-1, 6-1
Singles VI: Consolation (Quarterfinal) – Oct. 12
Alina Sullivan, Boston College def. Christina Amo, Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-2

Singles “extra”: Round of 32 – Oct. 12
Ryann Cutillo, Wake Forest def. Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M, 2-6, 6-4, 11-9
Singles “extra”: Round of 16 – Oct. 12
Katarina Reveche, Wake Forest def. Lauren Santacroce, Texas A&M, 3-6, 7-5, 10-8
Sierra Poske, Wake Forest def. Stephanie Davidson, Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-2
Christina Amo, Texas A&M def. Simone Kalhorn, Syracuse, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8

Doubles “extra”: Final – Oct. 12
Lauren Santacroce/Ashley Turpin, Texas A&M def. Brittany Delaney/Jackie Mabatah, Boston College, 8-4



 
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