Lady Raiders Drop First-Round MatchApril 25, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's third-seeded women's tennis team lost the doubles point and could not recover, dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 6 seed Florida International Friday afternoon in first-round action at the Sun Belt Championships in Mobile, Ala. at the Mobile Tennis Center.
Florida International defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-0, Friday morning to advance to the quarterfinals and a match-up against the Lady Raiders. Middle Tennessee defeated the Panthers, 4-2, in Miami, Fla., on March 31.
FIU began the match by winning both completed doubles matches, as Mei Ly and Bruna Discordia defeated the 26th-ranked Lady Raider tandem of Manon Kruse and Stacy Varnell, 8-4, at No. 1, and Desanka Jovanovic and Courtney Jonson won 8-2 over Carien Venter and Emily Vest at No. 2. The Lady Raiders' Laura McNamara and Jennifer Klaschka were leading at No. 3, 5-4, against Christine Suard and Davina Duronio when their match was stopped.
Kruse, ranked 48th in singles this week, helped the Lady Raiders right the ship in singles, taking a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Discordia at No. 1, while Klaschka also won, defeating Ly, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2.
The bottom of the lineup got the win for the Panthers with wins at Nos. 4, 5 and 6. Suard defeated Varnell, 7-6 (5), 6-3, at No. 4, while Duronio won 7-5, 6-2 over McNamara at No. 5. Jonson also took care of Vest, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 6.
The Lady Raiders led in the only singles match that did not finish, as Venter led 2-6, 6-3, 5-1, at No. 3 when the match ended.
The Lady Raiders drop to the consolation bracket and will take on New Mexico State at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mobile Tennis Center.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 4, DENVER 0
1. (48) Manon Kruse (MT) def. Bruna Discordia (FIU), 6-2, 6-2
2. Jennifer Klaschka (MT) def. Mei Ly (FIU), 6-2, 6-3
3. Carien Venter (MT) vs. Desanka Jovanovic (FIU), DNF
4. Christine Suard (FIU) def. Stacy Varnell (MT), 7-6 (5), 6-3
5. Davina Duronio (FIU) def. Laura McNamara (MT), 7-5, 6-2
6. Courtney Jonson (FIU) def. Emily Vest (MT), 6-2, 6-3
1. Ly-Discordia (FIU) def. (26) Kruse-Varnell (MT), 8-4
2. Jovanovic-Jonson (FIU) def. Venter-Vest (MT), 8-2
3. McNamara-Klaschka vs. Suard-Duronio (FIU), DNF
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