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Final fall tournament on tap for Middle Tennessee

Blue Raiders look to finish strong at Vanderbilt event

October 27, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee women’s tennis will conclude its fall tournament campaign when it travels the short distance to Nashville for the Vanderbilt-hosted June Stewart Invitational, Friday through Sunday, at the Currey Tennis Center.

“Within the last week or so, the girls have had the opportunity to rest and recover a little bit from the grind of the fall,” head coach Shelley Godwin noted. “That being said, they are all refreshed and ready to go for our last tournament of the fall. We are looking to finish the fall season strong, gaining more confidence as we head into the offseason.”

The Blue Raiders have had numerous successes thus far this season, posting an overall 46-17 (.730) singles record and 26-9 (.743) doubles ledger competing at three previous events, the MT Shootout (Sept. 17-18), Ragin’ Cajuns Classic (Oct. 7-9) and the Roberta Alison Fall Classic (Oct. 14-15).

Each Middle Tennessee player has posted a winning singles record registered at least four wins, including team-high honors of seven shared by junior Yuiri Nomoto and sophomore Flavia Nagayama. Seniors Alex Dachos and Taylor Coffey have dropped only one singles match apiece heading into the weekend.

In doubles action, again each pairing has tallied a winning mark thus far with a 6-1 record from freshman Nayara Moraes and senior Carla Nava pacing the squad. Of the nine doubles tandems used thus far, only one has more than one setback through the first three tournaments.

Nagayama, who transferred into the program this year from Jacksonville, has earned two singles flight crowns in the three tournaments, winning her respective championships at the MT Shootout and Roberta Alison Fall Classic. She also teamed with Nomoto for a doubles bracket title at the most recent event.

At the Ragin’ Cajuns Classic, Moraes won her singles flight title after posting a 4-0 record and then captured a doubles bracket championship with Nava at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic.

Nomoto also has claimed a singles flight title, wining her bracket at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic.

The 12th annual event will open at 9 a.m. Friday and will feature players from Belmont, Lipscomb, Memphis, Miami (Ohio) and UNC Asheville in addition to Middle Tennessee and the host Commodores.

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