Lady Tiger Tennis Advances to Five of Seven Singles Finals
Oct. 18, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis women's tennis team continued their strong fall showing by send Tigers through to five of the seven singles finals set for Saturday in The U of M/Varsity Pro Shop Invitational. The Tigers will play for the No. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 championship singles titles, and will also be playing for the No. 6 consolation singles championship.
A pair of Lady Tigers will again face off in a tournament final. Senior Sumitra Rao (Madras, India) and sophomore Viktoria Gruber (Vienna, Austria) will again face each other for the No. 3 singles title after squaring off in the season-opening tournament at Saint Louis. Rao won that meeting 6-4, 6-3. Rao won her opening match over Anmgelique DuPlessis from UT-Martin, 6-1, 6-0, and used a 6-4, 7-5 win over Leisa Brooks from Ball State to advance to her third finals appearance this fall. Gruber won her opening match 6-3, 6-4 over SIU-Carbondale's Jessica Knitter and battled back from a 6-3 first set loss to Murray State's Jennifer Ward to win the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-3. Rao is now 11-1 on the season, while Gruber is 8-2.
Senior Sabrina Lindemann (Linz, Austria) is making her second No. 1 singles championship appearance after winning the A Singles title at Saint Louis. Lindemann, who had a first-round bye, downed Melisa Lemus from SLU, 6-1, 6-1, to earn a finals berth against Ball State's Melissa Roach. Lindemann is now 8-1 in singles on the season.
Senior Monica Gonzalez-Gordo (Barcelona, Spain) is making her second tournament finals appearance after defeating Gayatri Remesh from UT-Martin, 6-4, 6-1. Gonzalez-Gordo, who sports a 6-2 singles record in the fall, will face Tennessee Tech's Marina Tasheva in the No. 2 singles final.
Freshman Andrea Feichtinger (Pinsdorf, Austria) will square off with Murray State's Annette Steen in the finals of the No. 5 singles bracket. Feichtinger downed Saint Louis' Erin Kersten, 6-1, 7-6 (4) to improve to 9-2 in the fall. In Feichtinger's one other finals appearance, she was defeated by teammate Marlene Dirnstorfer at SLU. Dirnstorfer, who was slated to play in the No. 4 singles bracket, was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.
Memphis-area product Kristin Noble (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) won her first collegiate match at home, downing Saint Louis' Lindsay Winninger, 7-6, 7-6. Noble then held on to defeated Sophie Bedard from SIU-Carbondale, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to her second singles final of the season. Noble won the D Singles Consolation title at Saint Louis to begin the season and has improved her singles record to 8-2 this fall. Teammate Rebecca Garner (Billericay, England) will also battle for a singles championship. Garner lost her opening match to Ball State's Susan Kelley, 6-0, 6-3, but rallied back to defeat Murray State's Tami McQueen, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the consolation final.
A pair of Ball State teammates will battle each other for the No. 7 singles title. Alyce Zollman and Kara Sullivan will square off in the Saturday final, while Murray State's Jennifer Lilles and Saint Louis' Rebecca Steer will fight for the No. 7 consolation singles title.