Pair of Raiders remain perfect at Samford Invite

Grace and Moraes improve to 2-0 in singles action

October 5, 2013 · @MTAthletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jesse Grace and Nayara Moraes remained unbeaten in individual play, as day two of the Samford Invite came to a close on Saturday.

The Blue Raiders picked up four individual victories while facing UAB in singles and South Alabama in doubles action at the Samford Tennis Complex.

Tennessee transfer Jesse Grace collected a straight-set win over UAB's Paula Castro at the No. 2 draw, 6-2, 6-1.The junior Moraes earned her team-best fifth win with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Amy Lowther in the No. 4 singles draw.

In other action, freshman Sarah Sediri snatched a 6-2, 7(7) -6 win over the Blazers' Caroline Faught. Flavia Nagayama also rebounded with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Catherine Ragon.

UAB's Rachel Daniell won 6-4, 7(4)-6 over Tiffany William, while Giovanna Baccarini picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Irina Constantinide in the third flight. UAB's Simon also won 6-2, 6-2 over sophomore Alexandra Torres.

In doubles action, South Alabama's Paula Sanchez/Monica Mitta won 8(8)-7 over Graces/Moraes in the second flight. Michaela Meszarosova and Emily Newton helped the Jags to a 8-3 win over the tandem of Sediri and William.

In the No. 3 flight, Laura Valkova and Mary Angela Martin won 8-5 over Nagayama and Constantinide.

Middle Tennessee closes out the Samford Invite on Sunday. Full results will be available at GoBlueRaiders.com.


Singles competition

F1S Rachel Daniell (UAB) def. Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) 6-4, 7-6 (4-0)

F2S Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) def. Paula Castro (UAB) 6-2, 6-1

F3S Giovanna Baccarini (UAB) def. Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) 6-1, 6-1

F4S Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Amy Lowther (UAB) 6-2, 6-0

F5S Sarah Sediri (Middle Tennessee) def. Carolina Faught (UAB) 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)

F6S Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) def. Catherine Ragon (UAB) 6-0, 6-0

F7S Elaine Simon (UAB) def. Alexandra Torres (Middle Tennessee) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition

FS1 Michaela Meszarosova/Emily Newton (South Alabama) def. Sarah Sediri/Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) 8-3

FS2 Paula Sanchez/Monica Mitta (South Alabama) def. Jesse Grace/Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) 8-7 (8-0)

FS3 Laura Valkova/Mary Angela Martin (South Alabama) def. Flavia Nagayama/Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) 8-5

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