Lady Tiger Tennis Captures Six Championships at Varsity Pro Shop Invite
Oct. 19, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
After being chased inside due to rain, the University of Memphis women's tennis team rallied to capture five singles and one doubles championship in the finals of the University of Memphis/Varsity Pro Shop Invitational, Saturday.
Seniors Sabrina Lindemann (Linz, Austria) and Monica Gonzalez-Gordo (Barcelona, Spain) each won their respective singles brackets as well as the No. 1 doubles championship. Lindemann defeated Melissa Roach from Ball State, 6-3, 6-4, 10-5 after Ball beat Lindemann in last weekend's finals at Middle Tennessee, 6-1, 6-0. Gonzalez-Gordo won her match at No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-2 in what turned out to be the longest match of the day. The two then won their second consecutive No. 1 doubles championship, 9-7, over the team of Melissa Spencer and Jaclyn Leeper from Murray State.
For the second time this fall, Sumitra Rao (Madras, India) and Viktoria Gruber (Vienna, Austria) battled for a flight championship, with Rao again edging her teammate to claim the No. 3 title. Rao won in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
Freshman Andrea Feichtinger (Neukirchen, Austria) improved her singles record to 10-2 with the No. 5 singles championship win over Murray State's Annette Steen, 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Freshman Kristin Noble (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) won her second singles title, but her first championship crown, Saturday, downing Ball State's Susan Kelley, 6-2, 7-6 (8) in No. 6 singles. Noble won the consolation D singles title at the season-opening tournament at Saint Louis earlier this fall.
Consolation singles and doubles finals were not played since play was forced inside. Memphis' Rebecca Garner was to have faced Saint Louis' Lindsay Winninger in the No. 6 singles consolation bracket and was to have also teamed with Murray State's Jamie Lee to play Winninger and Rebecca Steer from SLU in the No. 3 doubles consolation final.
The Lady Tigers will now wait to see if they have qualified individuals for the ITA Southeast Regionals which are hosted by Wake Forest University.