JONESBORO, Ark. (11/03/12) – The Arkansas State tennis team completed play Saturday in day two of the Red Wolf Invitational being held at Allen Park. ASU had another strong showing with four team members earning a place in the finals of their respective flights. Two of A-State’s doubles teams also remained undefeated today.
Doubles play started off the second day of competition. Janie Nowland/Ioana Teu were victorious in their only match of the day. The pair was able to beat Michaela Mcshane/Veronique Luksich (Arkansas-Little Rock) 8-3.
In a hard fought match, Tamara Slijepcevic/Biljana Miloshevska were able to defeat Allison Murphy/Krizia Buck (Central Arkansas) 9-8 in flight two.
In flight four action, Sofia Krsmanovic/Jess Heeps-Eriksen lost both of their matches. The duo fell to Carolyn Huerth/Suzaan Stoltz (Murray State) 9-8 in a very close match and then lost to Jess Courtnell/Melissa Martin (Southeast Missouri) 9-7 to finish out their day.
In flight five matches, Janelle Fung/Chiara Stefanov fell to Ariadna Cairo Baza/Gisela Cairo Baza (Southern Illinois-Carbondale) 8-2. The pair was then defeated by Bianca Strukelj/Stephanie Gonzalez (Central Arkansas) 8-3.
Singles play began in the afternoon. Slijepcevic advanced to the finals of flight one by defeating Ivon Simic (Tennessee-Martin) in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
Nowland advanced to the finals of flight two in a very intense match with a victory over Carla Suga (Murray State) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
In flight three, Miloshevska fell to Anita Lee (Southern Illinois-Carbondale) in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
Teu was able to earn a spot in the flight four finals by defeating Jess Courtnell (Southeast Missouri) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a fantastic match.
The fourth finalist for Arkansas State is Heeps-Eriksen in flight five. She advanced by winning over Michaela McShane (Arkansas-Little Rock) 6-3, 6-1.
Stefanov was defeated in the semifinals of flight six by Anastacia Simons (Southern Illinois-Carbondale) in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.
Fung was defeated in flight seven play by Korey Love (Southern Illinois-Carbondale) 7-5, 6-0.
“We had another great day on the courts today,” ASU coach Marina Engelbrecht said. “I’m proud of our four ladies that made it to the finals of their draws today. Our one and two doubles teams will also play in the finals of their draw. I love that the team is playing with heart and a desire to win, it is fun to watch.”The final day of the tournament starts at 9 a.m. Sunday at Allen Park in Jonesboro.