A Strong Day Two At Invitational For Hoosiers
September 26,1998 A Strong Day Two At Invitational For Hoosiers
Bloomington, IN--Singles competition ended as the doubles competition began, during day two of the Indiana Fall Invitational. The tournament which involves six singles flights and two doubles, included six team, Ball State, Kansas, Miami (OH), Marquette and Southern Illinois. The Hoosier women finished the day strong, placing first in one of the singles flights and having two teams advance to the doubles semifinals tomorrow.
Indiana finished the singles competition strong winning two of the six flights. Freshmen Amanda Field, won her first ever collegiate flight, when she defeated Marquette's Sara Fernandez 6-2,6-3, to win the 3rd flight. Junior Jessica Anderson, was the other flight winner, when she won the 2nd flight by defeating Brooke Chiller from Kansas in a three set match, 2-6,6-3,6-1.
Several other Hoosiers had strong performances to finish the tournament. Freshmen Ann Poosuthasee finished second, when she lost in the her final match to Lisa Mallaiah of Kansas. Another freshmen, Karie Schlukebir, had another strong outing by defeating Monica Sekulov of Kansas 7-6(4),6-4. Senior Kelly Fitzgerald ended flight 5 singles with a loss to Katherine Dilley of Miami (OH) 6-3, 7-6(4), but still finished 2nd in her flight. Sophomore Jennifer Hsia and Junior Zahra Ahamed each battled back from first round losses with two consecutive wins and a 5th place finish in their respective flights. Hsia finished off Miami (OH)'s Brooke Nelson 6-4,6-3. Ahamed defeated Miami (OH)'s Natalie Adams 6-0,6-1. Sophomore Ana Ceretto lost in a three set match to Pamela Floro of Southern Illinois 2-6,6-3,6-4. Sophomore Kelly Blanch lost to Gena Tranquada of Ball State 6-0,6-0.
Doubles action started the day off for the Hoosiers, who placed four teams in the flight one draw. The teams of Ceretto and Hsia, and Fitzgerald and Schlukebir advanced to tomorrow's semifinals. Ceretto and Hsia defeated Miami (OH)'s Natalie Adams and Elin Bangtsson 8-5, then went on to upset Kris Sell and Cheryl Mallaiah, the top team for Kansas 8-6. Fitzgerald and Schlukebir also advanced with wins over Brooke Chiller and Julia Sidorova of Kansas 8-6, and then over Laura Garcia and Julia Sapozhnikova of Marquette 8-5. The other two teams split the day. Blanch and Ahamed lost their opening match to Erika Ochoa and Keri Crandell of Southern Illinois 8-5, before coming back to beat Marquette's Brooke Nelson and Janet Baker 8-2. Anderson and Field knocked off Ball State's Gena Tranquada and Alicia Butz 8-2, before losing to Southern Illinois Pamela Floro and Simona Petrutiu 8-2. Poosuthasee played in the flight two round robin draw along with Lisa Mallaiah of Kansas. They opened with a lose to Monica and Maria Villarreal of Southern Illinois 8-1, before knocking off Catherine Dilley and Katherine McMillan of Miami (OH) 8-3.
The Hoosiers wrap the weekend invitational tomorrow with the last two rounds of doubles beginning at 9:00 a.m. The tournament will resume at the Indiana University Outdoor Courts, but in the case of rain, will move inside to the Indiana University Tennis Center. Fans are encouraged to come, free of charge, for the this competition.
Coach Lin Loring, "Our doubles showed good improvement. We have all new teams this year so doubles was our big unknown going into the season. I was pleased with today's play."
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