Women's Tennis Qualifies Four for ITA Southeast Regional
Oct. 22, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team will have four individuals continue their fall schedule at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southeast Regional to be held at Wake Forest University, beginning Thursday.
Senior Sabrina Lindemann (Linz, Austria) was seeded 15th in the main draw singles, while teammate Monica Gonzalez-Gordo (Barcelona, Spain) also qualified for the main singles draw. Lindemann will face Liberty's Andreea Cotuna at 9 a.m., Friday in the main draw, while Gonzalez-Gordo will face North Carolina State's Jennifer Jassawalla.
A pair of Lady Tigers has also qualified for the qualifying singles bracket. Sophomore Viktoria Gruber (Vienna, Austria) and senior Sumitra Rao (Madras, India) will each be trying to advance to the main draw by going through the qualifiers. Gruber will start play at 8 a.m., Thursday, against Kentucky's Shannon Stough, while Rao will also face a Kentucky player at 8 a.m., Thursday when she faces Kacie Anson.
The Lady Tigers have had a highly-successful fall season. Lindemann has a singles record of 9-1 and has won two singles titles this fall, while Gonzalez-Gordo has a 7-2 singles mark and won her first singles title of the fall last weekend at the Lady Tigers' home tournament. Gruber, one of three Tiger newcomers from Austria, is 8-3 overall and has advanced to two tournament finals. Gruber has lost both of those finals to teammate Rao, who has the team's best singles record of 12-1.
The Lady Tiger foursome will also participate in the doubles portion of the tournament. The team of Lindemann and Gonzalez-Gordo has been seeded fourth in the tournament and will play the team of Ana Maria Cibils and Marina Tasheva from Tennessee Tech in the Round of 32, Friday, at 6 p.m. The opponents should be somewhat familiar to the Tiger duo as they played Tasheva teamed with Anita Obando at the Tiger tournament last weekend, winning 8-4. Lindemann and Gonzalez-Gordo are 8-1 at No. 1 doubles so far this season with two tournament titles to their credit.
Rao and Gruber, who teamed together in doubles for the first time last weekend, are 1-1 and will face North Carolina A&T's Kathryn Jackson and Hanniyah Mayhum at 2 p.m., Thursday in the round of 64.