Moraes advances to backdraw semifinals at ITA Regional

Junior collected three victories on Sunday

October 20, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MEMPHIS - Junior Nayara Moraes picked up three victories on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the backdraw singles action at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional.

Moraes used a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Tennessee's Tiffany Tavares to advance to the second round of the backdraw singles. Moraes then automatically earned a berth to the semifinals thanks to withdrawals from Lipscomb's Deahna Welcher and Evansville's Marketa Trousilova.

Junior Tiffany William fell in the second round of the main draw singles with a 7(5)-6, 6-3 loss to Memphis' Skylar Kuykendall.

In other backdraw action, Flavia Nagayama had a three-set thriller with Eastern Kentucky's Amandine Faouzi. She fell 4-6, 6-2, 3-6 to Faouzi. EKU's Kristina Labeja won 6-1, 6-2 over MT's Jesse Grace .

Meanwhile, Cassie Pough of Louisville picked up a 6-4, 6-2 victory over sophomore Irina Constantinide. Moraes will face Pough in the backdraw semifinals on Monday morning.

In doubles action, William/Grace knocked off Tennessee's Ambika Pande/Victoria Olivarez 6-5 (3). The Blue Raiders finished a perfect 4-0 against competition from the Lady Vols. William/Grace narrowly lost a 6-5 (7) decision to ETSU's Lyn Yee Choo and Anna Gerbasi.

Results of Monday's backdraw singles action will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com.

Singles competition

R2 Skylar Kuykendall (Memphis) def. Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) 7-6 (5-0), 6-3
BD1 Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Tiffany Tavares (Tennessee) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
BD1 Cassie Pough (Louisville) def. Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) 6-4, 6-2
BD1 Amandine Faouzi (Eastern Kentucky) def. Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
BD1 Kristina Labeja (Eastern Kentucky) def. Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) 6-1, 6-2
BD2 Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Deahna Welcher (Lipscomb), by default
BDQ Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Marketa Trousilova (Evansville), by default

Doubles competition

B2 Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) def. Ambika Pande/Victoria Olivarez (Tennessee) 6-5 (3-0)
BSF Lyn Yee Choo/Anna Gerbasi (East Tennessee State) def. Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) 6-5 (7-0)

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