Blue Raiders continue to shine in concluding third fall tournament

Two singles and two doubles flight titles for MT

October 15, 2011 · Athletic Communications
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Middle Tennessee’s strong women’s tennis fall campaign was extended through the completion of play Saturday at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, as two Blue Raiders captured singles flight titles and a pair of MT doubles teams also were bracket winners.

The Blue Raiders, who had not lost in their opening four doubles matches Friday, lost just twice in eight tilts during the final day’s play, which included semifinal and championship rounds in four brackets.

The MT tandem of freshman Nayara Moraes and Carla Nava was triumphant in both of its matches to claim the Laffy Taffy flight title. The duo, seeded third in the bracket, started the day by knocking off No. 2 seed Emily Mallory and Madelie Van Rensburg of Samford, 8-4, in the semifinals. The Blue Raider pair then captured the crown with an 8-6 victory against Auburn’s Emily Flickinger and Plamena Kurteva.

Also having a successful day was the combo of sophomore Flavia Nagayama and junior Yuiri Nomoto. They opened with an 8-5 win against the Jelly Bean flight’s No. 2 seeded pair, Georgia State’s Whitney Byrd and Masa Grgan, before handing Troy’s Olfa Dhaoui and Roxy Ramirez an 8-3 setback to take the bracket championship.

The other two Middle Tennessee doubles teams started the day with losses but recovered to win their respective next match for a third-place finish in their flight. In the Starburst bracket, No. 4 seed and Blue Raider seniors Marietta Bigus and Alex Dachos knocked off the No. 2 seed, Southern Miss’ Kate Lanier and Elja van Berlo, 8-3, for third place.

Junior Lexi Brand and senior Taylor Coffey bounced back in the Milk Dud flight to win third place, earning an 8-1 victory against West Alabama’s Lisa Becker and Katy Shoptaugh after they dropped an early contest in the bracket.

In singles play, Nomoto and Nagayama walked away winners in their respective flights and aided in Middle Tennessee only losing once among eight matches Saturday. Nomoto defeated Dhaoui in the Hershey’s final 6-3, 6-1, while Nagayama knocked off the No. 2 seed in the Jolly Rancher championship, Mississippi State’s Roseline Dion, 7-6 (4), 6-4, for her crown.

Brand posted a 6-2, 6-0 win against West Alabama’s Angy Cuellar in the Kit Kat consolation final, while Bigus garnered a third-place showing in the Milky Way flight with a 6-0, 3-6, 10-8 decision against UAB’s Menanteau Moolman.

Coffey and Dachos both finished with unblemished results in their respective round robin brackets. Coffey handed Kentucky’s Lyndsey Pickett a 6-3, 6-1 loss in the Snickers flight, while Dachos picked up a 6-0, 6-1 triumph against Alabama-Huntsville’s Kasi McDonald in the Twix bracket.

Moraes placed seventh in the Skittles flight after defeating the bracket’s No. 4 seed, Samford’s Lindsay Mallory, by a 6-4, 6-3 score.

The lone Blue Raider singles setback Saturday was Carla Nava dropping a three-setter, her third straight, to No. 3 seed Toni Foehse of host Alabama in the Gummy Bear championship 2-6, 6-0, 6-2.

Middle Tennessee will conclude its fall tournament campaign by staying in-state and traveling to Nashville, Tenn., for the June Stewart Invitational at Vanderbilt Oct. 28-30.

Middle Tennessee Results

Gummy Bear singles
Final: (3) Toni Foehse (ALA) def. Carla Nava 2-6, 6-0, 6-2

Skittles singles
7th place: Nayara Moraes def. (4) Lindsey Mallory (SAM) 6-4, 6-3

Hershey’s singles
Final: Yuiri Nomoto def. Olfa Dhaoui (TROY) 6-3, 6-1

Jolly Rancher singles
Final: Flavia Nagayama def. (2) Roseline Dion (MSST) 7-6 (4), 6-4

Kit Kat singles
Consolation Final: Lexi Brand def. Angy Cuellar (UWA) 6-2, 6-0

Milky Way singles
3rd place: Marietta Bigus def. Menanteau Moolman (UAB) 6-0, 3-6, 10-8

Snickers singles (round robin)
Taylor Coffey def. Lyndsey Pickett (UK) 6-3, 6-1

Twix singles (round robin)
Alex Dachos def. Kasi McDonald (UAH) 6-0, 6-1

Laffy Taffy doubles
Semifinal: (3) Moraes/Nava def. (2) Emily Mallory/Madelie Van Rensburg (SAM) 8-4
Final: (3) Moraes/Nava def. Emily Flickinger/Plamena Kurteva (AUB) 8-6

Jelly Bean doubles
Semifinal: Nagayama/Nomoto def. (2) Whitney Byrd/Masa Grgan (GAST) 8-5
Final: Nagayama/Nomoto def. Olfa Dhaoui/Roxy Ramirez (TROY) 8-3

Starburst doubles
Semifinal: (1) Tatiana Larina/Andrea Nedorostova (NSU) def. (4) Bigus/Dachos 8-6
3rd place: (4) Bigus/Dachos def. (2) Kate Lanier/Elja van Berlo (USM) 8-3

Milk Dud doubles
Semifinal: Paula Alvarez/Rachel Cohen (UAB) def. Brand/Coffey 8-3
3rd place: Brand/Coffey def. Lisa Becker/Katy Shoptaugh (UWA) 8-1

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