William advances in ITA Ohio Valley Regionals

Junior upends Tennessee's Tavares to advance

October 19, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MEMPHIS - Middle Tennessee junior Tiffany William picked up a straight-set victory to remain in the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Saturday.

The junior recorded a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tennessee's Tiffany Tavares to advance to the second round of the main singles draw. Williams faces No. 9 seed Skylar Kuykendall on Sunday in a 9:30 a.m. CT matchup. Memphis' Kuykendall won in three (5-7, 6-2, 7-5) over MT's Nayara Moraes to hand the junior her first loss of the season.

Irina Constantinide fell (6-1, 6-0) to the Tigers' Alyssa Hibberd. Jesse Grace lost a 6-2, 7-6 (6) battle to Memphis' Caroline Wegner. Senior Flavia Nagayama fell 6-1, 6-3 to Miami (Ohio)'s Christina Raymond. 

Both doubles tandems fell in the main draw on Saturday. Moraes and Sarah Sediri fell 8-2 to Purdue's Krisztina Kaptiany and Mara Schmidt. The tandem of William and Grace narrowly lost an 8-6 decision to Kayla Jones and Kaylene Chadwell of Chattanooga.

In back draw action, William/Grace won 6-1 over Eastern Kentucky's Kristina Labeja and Melissa Gerritsen. Moares/Sediri fell to Louisville's Olivia Boesing and Cassie Pough 6-5 (2).

Constantinide, Grace, Moraes and Nagayama will compete in the back draw singles on Sunday.

A complete recap of Sunday's third day of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com. 

Singles competition

R1 Skylar Kuykendall (Memphis) def. Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
R1 Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) def. Tiffany Tavares (Tennessee) 6-2, 6-4
R1 Alyssa Hibberd (Memphis) def. Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) 6-0, 6-1
R1 Christtiana Raymond (Miami (Ohio)) def. Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) 6-1, 6-3
R1 Caroline Wegner (Memphis) def. Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) 6-2, 7-6 (6-0)

Doubles competition 

R1 Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt (Purdue) def. Nayara Moraes/Sarah Sediri (Middle Tennessee) 8-2
R1 Kayla Jones/Kaylene Chadwell (Chattanooga) def. Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) 8-6

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