Netters close out weekend tourney
Published: Monday, October 8, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 23:10
In its third fall tournament, the Miami University tennis team had a strong showing in the 2012 Auto-Owners Insurance Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.
On the opening day, three RedHawks advanced to the singles semifinals: sophomore Christine Guerrazzi, sophomore Ramona Costea and freshman Ana Rajkovic.
Guerrazzi earned a 6-3, 6-7, 6-0 win over the University of Wisconsin’s freshman Katie Hoch, while Costea improved to 8-0 on the fall season with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over the University of Akron’s freshman Signe Lazdina. Rajkovic also earned a 7-5, 6-4 decision against Michigan State University’s Jennifer Yen.
Junior Nimisha Mohan went 1-1 in singles with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Junior Christiana Raymond and sophomore Alix Thurman also started the weekend with an opening round loss.
In doubles play, Miami went 1-2 with the team of Costea/Rajkovic picking up the only win, an 8-6 decision over Wisconsin.
On Saturday, the ’Hawks picked up where they left off with singles sweeps by Mohan and Thurman after they fell into the consolation bracket Friday. Both earned wins over Henestrosa (7-5, 6-1) and Marquette University sophomore Ana Pimienta (6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 1-0 (10-2)), as well as defeats over University of Toledo sophomore Pia Rygh (6-3, 6-3) and Xavier University senior Kally Alkire (6-0, 6-3), respectively.
Raymond, Guerrazzi and Costea also performed well, splitting their two matches on the day. Miami’s doubles teams also split two matches.
Guerrazzi earned a 6-3, 6-1 win Sunday over Marquette freshman Aina Hernandez Soler in singles, and the doubles team of Costea/ Rajkovic got the 8-5 victory against Toledo.
“It was not the best start for us, but we competed better today,” Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu said. “One thing that we’ve been working on is fighting through adversity regardless of the outcome.”
Costea reflected on her performance and the team’s outlook for the future.
“I am happy with the way I fought this weekend, from the first until the last match,” she said. “It was tiring, and maybe frustrating at times, but my goal was to look like a fighter on the court and I think I achieved it for the most part. I believe we did very well as a team too. We encountered tough conditions, like low temperature, wind and rain. We played on different surfaces in the same day, but none of us gave up at any point.”
Miami finishes play in the fall season Oct. 25-28 at the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals in West Lafayette, Ind.