Nov. 5, 2011
NEW ORLEANS- The Tulane women's tennis team got off to a great start during the opening rounds of the 2011 Hokie Fall Invitational as the Green Wave combined for 13 total singles and doubles and victories and three doubles teams have advanced into Saturday's semifinal rounds at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Va. Matches will begin each morning and are expected to last all day.
Tulane's top doubles tandem of senior Mariam Kurdadze and junior Emma Levy earned a first round bye in Flight A and then got down to business in the second round with a convincing 8-4 win over Elon's Frida Jansaker and Viviana Stavreva and will now face East Tennessee State today in the semifinals.
Staying in the Flight A doubles, TU's junior combination of Caroline Thornton and Caroline Magnusson topped Williams & Mary's Katie Kargl and Sydney Smith in the first round, 8-1, and then outfought UMBC's Kim Berghaus and Carmen Jackmen in the quarterfinals, 8-1. Thornton and Magnusson will face Virginia Tech's combination on Saturday.
In the Flight B doubles, senior Lindsay Dvorak and junior Hila Elster eased past Liberty's Carol Lobel and Nicola Wellman in their first round match-up, 8-4, and then outdueled Elon's Bryn Khoury and Barbora Lazarova, 9-8 (7), to advance to Saturday's semifinal where the Green Wave duo will face Virginia Tech's combination.
Freshman Emily Dvorak and junior Emma Helisten also advanced in the Flight B doubles with an 8-4 win over Elon's Briana Berne and Katy Canada in the first round and then downed East Tennessee State's Giulia Andreazza and Diana Navrostska in the quarterfinals, 8-3. Dvorak and Helisten will battle Virginia's Tech in the semifinals.
In Flight A singles, Kurdadze earned a first round bye and will face Elon's Jordan Johnston on Saturday, while Thornton dropped her first round match to UMBC's Shalini Sahoo, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, and will compete in the consolation bracket.
In Flight B singles, Magnusson won her first round contest with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over UMBC's Isabel Aldunate, while Levy registered a 6-2, 6-0 win over Wofford's Julia Paulson.
In the Flight C singles, Lindsay Dvorak has a first round bye and will take on Elon's Maria Camera on Saturday. Elster was victorious in her first outing, taking a 7-6 (3), 6-1 decision from Elon's Stavreva.
Finally, in the Flight D doubles, Emma Helisten dispatched Elon's Kaylyn Smialek, 6-1, 6-0, and Emily Dvorak dropped a 6-2, 6-3 match to East Tennessee State's Jessica Brummit and will continue play in the consolation bracket.