A&M Doubles Teams Advance; Begin Singles Main Draw Today

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COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M women’s tennis team advanced all four doubles teams to the Round of 32 on the opening day of the ITA Southwest Regional yesterday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

No. 8 seed Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) defeated Constanza Gonzalez and Manami Kuoda of Lamar, 8-4, and will face Casey Kennedy and Kristen Reid of SMU today in the Round of 32.

The freshman duo of Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) and Lauren Santacroce (Spring, Texas) advanced by defeating Jordan McCombs and Laura Ring of Houston, 8-3. The Aggie pair faces No. 5 seed Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk of Baylor today.

A&M’s Chistina Amo (Fort Worth) and Ashley Turpin (New Braunfels, Texas) also advanced with an 8-5 victory over Adna Curukovic and Daniela Posada of Northwestern State. The Aggie tandem takes on No. 7 seed Stephanie Davison and Caroline Larsson of Texas today in the Round of 32.

A&M’s Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) and Elzé Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa) are the No. 6 seed and received a first-round bye. They face Angela Dangond and Milou Israel of Louisiana-Lafayette today.

Amo also played two singles matches on the opening day, defeating Marina Guana of Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-3, 6-2, in the first found of the main draw qualifier. She then fell to Joanna Kacprzyk of Houston, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. Amo is slated to face Lena Satge of Louisiana-Monroe today in the qualifier consolation north draw.

The 64-player singles main draw gets underway today. Potgieter is the No. 7 seed and opens against Kristen Reid of SMU. Frank is seeded No. 11 and faces Kayla Duncan of TCU. In addition, No. 16-seed Liles takes on Roxana Enica of Stephen F. Austin.

In other first-round action, Davidson faces Maura Rangenathan of North Texas, Olivier faces No. 4 seed Ormand, and Turpin plays Katariina Tuohimas of TCU. Also Santacroce will play one of eight players who advance from the qualifier.

The tournament runs through Monday with the singles finalists and the doubles champion earning an automatic berth into the ITA National Indoor Championships, Nov. 6-9 in Charlottesville, Va.

Day 1 Results – Thursday, Oct. 23

Singles Qualifier (64)

First Round: Christina Amo (TAMU) def. Marina Guana (ULL), 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32: Joanna Kacprzyk (UH) def. Christina Amo (TAMU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Open Doubles – First Round (64)

(#6) Christi Liles/Ezlé Potgieter (TAMU), bye

(#8) Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Constanza Gonzalez/Manami Kuroda (UL), 8-4

Sheri Olivier/Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Jordan McCombs/Laura Ring (UH), 8-3

Christina Amo/Ashley Turpin (TAMU) def. Adna Curukovic/Daniela Posada (NSU), 8-5

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