Gruber and Dirnstorfer Fall in A Doubles Finals
Oct. 12, 2003
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Lady Tiger tennis duo of senior Marlene Dirnstorfer and junior Viktoria Gruber fell to the host Middle Tennessee duo of Jennifer Klaschka and Lauren McNamara in the finals of the A Doubles bracket at the Fall Invitational, Sunday, 8-2. Klaschka and McNamara had used an 8-0 semifinals win to prevent an all Lady-Tiger final against the team of sophomore Andrea Feichtinger and freshman Alex Tjioe.
The appearance in the doubles finals marked the end of a highly-successful tournament for Gruber, who also advanced to the A Singles semifinals, where she fell to Troy State's Carolina Aravena, 6-2, 6-2. Gruber's doubles partner, Dirnstorfer, also fell in the A singles bracket, falling to eventual champion Luisa Lopez from Troy State, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
The entire Lady Tiger line-up managed to avoid the consolation side of the draw, appearing in quarterfinals in all four brackets and in the semifinals of two draws.
Germantown High School graduate Kristin Noble also made an appearance in the semifinals for the Lady Tigers, advancing to the semis against McNamara, where she fell 6-3, 6-3. McNamara would go on to win the B doubles title, 1-6, 6-3, 10-7 over Southern Miss' Nicola Slater. Slater eliminated Lady Tiger sophomore Andrea Feichtinger, 7-6, 7-6 (6) in the third quarterfinal.
Freshman Christina Wieser also advanced to the quarterfinals for the Lady Tigers, this time in C singles. Wieser downed Middle Tennessee's Jacqui Williams, 7-6 (7), 6-3, but fell to Southern Miss' Courtney Ulrich, 6-1, 2-6, 10-8.
The Lady Tigers fourth semifinal appearance came in D singles, where senior Rebecca Garner blanked Austin Peay's MacKenzie Kurth, 6-0, 6-0, before falling to Jacksonville State's Erin Higgs, 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Complete Lady Tiger Results from Middle Tennessee Fall Invitational