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MT advances to C-USA Quarterfinals with win over UTSA

Raiders face top-seeded Tulsa tomorrow at 1 p.m.

April 17, 2014 · @MTAthletics

NORFOLK , Va. - No. 9-seed Middle Tennessee picked up its second straight win in the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-2 victory over No.8-seed UTSA on Thursday at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

Middle Tennessee (12-9) battled back to win the doubles point and used an Irina Constantinide three-set thriller to win the match. The Blue Raiders will face top-seeded Tulsa in a 1 p.m. CT contest on Friday.

In doubles action, UTSA (11-11) won at the third court when Isabelle Jonsson and Lina Hallgren defeated MT's Sarah Sediri and Flavia Nagayama, 8-2. The Raiders bounced back when Jesse Grace/Constantinide won 8-5 over Daniela Garcia-Diaz/Alana Shichkova. An 8-6 victory by Tiffany William and Nayara Moraes over the Roadrunners' Jacobea Junger and Miriam Rosell Canada gave MT a 1-0 lead.

Nagayama won the first singles match, 6-2, 6-1, over Hallgren to give the Raiders a two-point edge. UTSA bounced back with a 6-2, 6-2 win from Jonsson over Moraes. William notched her 16th win this season with a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Junger. UTSA narrowed the game to 3-2 when Grace fell to the Roadrunners' Rosell 6-4, 6-3 at Court 2.

Constantinide won the match with a three-match thriller, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, over Karaklis to help MT advance to the quarterfinal round. The Blue Raiders will face top-seeded and No. 19 Tulsa in a 1 p.m. contest tomorrow in Norfolk, Va.

Middle Tennessee 4, UTSA 2

Singles competition

1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Jacobea Junger (UTSA) 7-5, 6-2
2. Miriam Rosell Canuda (UTSA) def. Jesse Grace (MT) 6-4, 6-3
3. Isabelle Jonsson (UTSA) def. Nayara Moraes (MT) 6-2, 6-2
4. Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Nicole Karaklis (UTSA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5. Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Lina Hallgren (UTSA) 6-2, 6-1
6. Irene Gandara Gonzal (UTSA) vs. Sarah Sediri (MT) 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 3-2, unfinished

Doubles competition

1. Tiffany William/Nayara Morales (MT) def. Jacobea Junger/Miriam Rosell Canuda (UTSA) 8-6
2. Jesse Grace/Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Daniela Garcia-Diaz/Alena Shichkova (UTSA) 8-5
3. Isabelle Jonsson/Lina Hallgren (UTSA) def. Sarah Sediri/Flavia Nagayama (MT) 8-2

Match Notes:

Middle Tennessee 12-9
UTSA 11-11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,3,1,2,4)

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