Trifecta of Blue Raiders advance to finals at UNLV Invite

Middle Tennessee posted seven victories on Saturday

September 21, 2013 · @MTAthletics

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Three Middle Tennessee players advanced to the flight finals at the UNLV Women's Tennis Fall Invitational on Saturday at the Vicki and Frank Fertitta Tennis Complex.

In total, the Blue Raiders picked up seven victories on the second day of the tournament with five of those coming from singles action.

"We definitely took positive steps forward today, as the girls did a better job competing and handling adversity," said head coach Shelley Godwin. "We need to come out tomorrow and finish with a strong day three."

Johannesburg, South Africa native Jesse Grace won a 6-1, 6-1 match over New Mexico State's Susana Alcaraz to advance to the second flight title match on Sunday. In the fifth flight, junior Nayara Moraes snatched a 6-4, 6-3 win over Long Beach State's Karolina Rozenberg to advance to the title match.

Senior Flavia Nagayama battled in a three-set contest, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, to defeat Jordan Denesik of North Arizona as she advanced to the finals in the sixth flight.

Freshman Sarah Sediri, advanced in her draw by default, but played and won a non-flight match versus SIU's Anita Lee (6-1, 6-3). Meanwhile, sophomore Alexandra Torres bounced back Saturday with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Lauren Hoeksta of the Salukis.

No. 41 Lucia Batta of UNLV collected a 6-0, 6-4 win in the first flight semifinals over Tiffany William. Romania native Irina Constantinide fell to LBSU's Julie Gerard, 6-0, 7-5. Amanda Manns advanced to the consolation final by virtue of a bye.

In doubles competition, Nagayama and Moraes got the Raiders' first doubles win of the day with an 8-2 decision over Olivia Headford and Tatum Rochin of Northern Arizona. The freshman tandem of Sediri and William advanced to the finals of the second flight by default of North Texas' Alexis Thoma and Agustina Valenzeula.

Constantinide/Grace fell 8-5 to Long Beach State's Ebba Unden/Rosenberg, while Manns and Torres were edged 8-5 by Mia Brandt/Chloe Jolliff of New Mexico State.

The Blue Raiders close out their first fall weekend on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. PT. Results will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com.


Singles competition

FS1 #41 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) 6-0, 6-4

FS2 Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) def. Susana Alcaraz (New Mexico State) 6-1, 6-1

CQ3 Julie Gerard (Long Beach State) def. Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) 6-0, 7-5

EX1 Sarah Sediri (Middle Tennessee) def. Anita Lee (Southern Illinois) 6-1, 6-3

FS5 Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Karolina Rozenberg (Long Beach State) 6-4, 6-3

FS6 Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) def. Jordan Denesik (Northern Arizona) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

CQ7 Alexandra Torres (Middle Tennessee) def. Lauren Hoeksta (Southern Illinois) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition

CQ1 Ebba Unden/Karolina Rozenberg (Long Beach State) def. Irina Constantinide/Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) 8-5

FS2 Sarah Sediri/Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) def. Alexis Thoma/Agustina Valenzuela (North Texas), by default

CQ3 Flavia Nagayama/Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Olivia Headford/Tatum Rochin (Northern Arizona) 8-2

CQ4 Mia Brandt/Chloe Jolliff (New Mexico State) def. Amanda Manns/Alexandra Torres (Middle Tennessee) 8-5

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