MT notches three individual titles at Samford Invite
Grace, Moraes and Nagayama claim championshipsOctober 6, 2013 · @MTAthletics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three individuals claimed titles on the final day of the Samford Invitational.
Five singles victories were picked up on Sunday, as the Raiders wrapped up their second tournament this fall. MT took on South Alabama in singles action, while playing Samford in doubles to conclude the three-day event.
Junior Nayara Moraes won her sixth match and second tournament title this season with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over USA's Laura Matuskova in the No. 4 flight.
Senior Flavia Nagayama also claimed a second title this season by knocking off the Jags' Mary Angela Martin, 6-3, 6-0. Nagayama, who tied two others with a 2-1 mark, won the No. 6 flight thanks to fewest sets lost.
In the second flight, Jesse Grace won her fifth match this season with a three-set decision over South Alabama's Emily Newton (1-6, 7-6, 6-2).
Samford swept doubles action as Stephanie N'Tcha/Yasmeen Ebada won 8-2 over William/Sediri at the No. 1 flight. MT's Grace and Moraes fell 8-2 to Kristin Lewis and Carita Moolman. Jessica Northcutt and Lauren Caballero of the Bulldogs won 8-2 over Nagayma/Constantinide.
The Raiders take a week hiatus before traveling west to Memphis for the ITA Regional Championships set for Oct. 18-22.
F1F Laura Valkova (South Alabama) def. Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) 7-5, 6-4
F2F Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) def. Emily Newton (South Alabama) 1-6, 7-6, 6-2
F3F Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) def. Cinta Papke (South Alabama) 6-0, 6-1
F4F Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Laura Matuskova (South Alabama) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6
F5F Monica Mitta (South Alabama) def. Sarah Sediri (Middle Tennessee) 6-2, 6-3
F6F Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) def. Mary Anglea Martin (South Alabama) 6-3, 6-0
F7F Alexandra Torres (Middle Tennessee) def. Silvia Martinkova (South Alabama) 6-3, 6-2
F1F Stephanie N'tcha/Yasmeen Ebada (Samford) def. Tiffany William/Sarah Sediri (Middle Tennessee) 8-2
F2F Kristin Lewis/Carita Moolman (Samford) def. Jesse Grace/Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) 8-2
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