Lady Raider Tennis Wraps Up Weekend at University of North Texas Invite|
Sept. 25, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech women's tennis had a strong showing in Denton, Texas as they competed in the 2006 North Texas Invitational. Tech singles action proved to be the highlight of the tournament.
In singles, Tech captured victories in two of the three brackets of competition. In the green bracket, Tech's Kerryn Potgieter faced SMU's Claire Rietsch and Janet Durham went up against Manvela Santos from Tyler JC. Potgieter fell to SMU, but quickly rebounded wining the consolation bracket after three matches. Durham beat Santos, 6-2, 6-3, but fell to UTA's Daniela Novakova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Durham went on to play a consolation round against ASU's Maria Oprea, but lost 6-1, 2-6, 10-3.
In the black singles draw, Lady Raiders Samantha van der Drift and Lakann Wagley dominated the competition. Van der Drift took wins over Tyler's Kaycee Wood and UTA's Sim Van Rooyen, but fell short against SMU's Georgianna Marta, 0-6, 7-5, 10-3. Wagley swept the competition taking the black singles bracket with wins over Kristi Reid (Tyler), Zeljka Minic (ASU), Natasha Rudnouskaya (SMU), and Georgianna Marta (SMU).
Playing in the white bracket, Anne Sophie Fankam and Brenna Jackson led the way for the Lady Raiders. Fankam won against Tyler's Maddie Srevily, 6-1, 6-0, but fell in the second round to Rome Van Wyk from ASU. Fankam went on to the consolation bracket to defeat SHSU's Patty Manzur, 7-6, 6-4. Junior transfer Jackson, receiving a first-round bye, dominated the white bracket capturing the singles title with wins over My-Hang Nguyen (ASU), Sofya Lifanova (UTA), and Rome Van Wyk (ASU).
Tech continued to dominate in doubles action as all three teams made it to the semi-finals. Potgeiter and van der Drift received a first-round bye, moving on to defeat ASU's Oprea and Chelminska. The duo came up short, however, losing to Peciulionyte and Van Rooyen from UTA, 8-4. Tech's second duo of Fankam and Jackson captured wins over Minic/Nguyen (ASU) and Rudnowskaya/Marta (SMU), but lost to SHSU's Sotnikova and Assudani, 8-4. The Lady Raider's top duo of Durham and Wagley rounded out the third team for Tech, after also receiving a first-round bye, winning over Aba Butain/Moreton (UNT) and Novakova/Pesic (UTA). Durham and Wagley were haulted by SMU's Francis and Reitsch, losing 8-6 in the quarterfinals.
The Lady Raiders look to carry the momentum forth to the weekend as they host the 2006 Scarborough Specialties Open, beginning Friday, Sept. 29.