MT collects five victories in final day at Roberta Alison Fall Classic

Moraes wins individual singles title with perfect 3-0 weekend

October 6, 2012 · @MTAthletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Middle Tennessee women's tennis notched five victories as junior Nayara Moraes picked up a tournament title in the final day of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic at the University of Alabama.

Moraes won the pink draw title after outlasting Kentucky's Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff. The sophomore lost her first set, 4-6, but battled to win the last two, 6-4, 3-1 before Kougoucheff retired.

Freshman Irina Constantinide won the gold consolation final after knocking out Auburn's Plamena Kurteva, 6-2,6-2.

In other singles action, Iris Verboven knocked off Yuiri Nomoto, 6-2, 6-3 in the yellow draw, while Georgia State's Chaimaa Roudami secured a 6-2, 7-6 (5-0) win over MT's Flavia Nagayama.

The combination of Lexi Brand and Moraes won a pair of doubles matches on Saturday. The duo outlasted Georgia Tech's Natasha Prokhnevska/Jasmine Minor, 8-6. In the teal consolation finals, Brand/Moraes won 9-3 (8-0) over Ashley Kiten/Maria Cardenas of Auburn.

Nomoto/Constantinide dropped an 8-5 contest to
Georgia State's Maryna Kozachenko/Roudami, 8-5. The tandem rebounded with an 8-3 win over Kentucky's Stephanie Fox and Grace Trimble.

Carla Nava and Flavia Nagayama also played a doubles contest, but fell 8-5 to Vandy's Courtney Colton and Maggie Leavell.

"We did a good job of finishing strong today," said head coach Shelley Godwin. "This weekend's focus was about controlling our effort and attitude and I am proud of the way the girl's represented the program this weekend. We are a better team after these past two weeks and are definitely headed into the right direction."

The Blue Raiders take a week off before competing in the ITA Regional's in West Lafayette, Ind., on Oct. 18-21.

Singles Competition

YDF Iris Verboven (Ole Miss) def. Nomoto, Yuiri (Middle Tennessee) 6-2, 6-3

ODF Chaimaa Roudami (Georgia State) def. Nagayama, Flavia (Middle Tennessee) 6-2, 7-6 (5-0)

GCF Constantinide, Irina (Middle Tennessee) def. Plamena Kurteva (Auburn) 6-2, 6-2

PIF Moraes, Nayara (Middle Tennessee) def. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (Kentucky) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1

Doubles competition

TCS Brand, Lexi/Moraes, Nayara (Middle Tennessee) def. Natasha Prokhnevska/Jasmine Minor (Georgia Tech) 8-6

BCS Maryna Kozachenko/Chaimaa Roudami (Georgia State) def. Nomoto, Yuiri/Constantinide, Irina (Middle Tennessee) 8-5

SR Courtney Colton/Maggie Leavell (Vanderbilt) def. Nava, Carla/Nagayama, Flavia (Middle Tennessee) 8-5

TCF Brand, Lexi/Moraes, Nayara (Middle Tennessee) def. Ashley Kitchen/Maria Cardenas (Auburn) 9-3 (8-0)

BFD Nomoto, Yuiri/Constantinide, Irina (Middle Tennessee) def. Stephanie Fox/Grace Trimble (Kentucky) 8-3

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