Sept. 28, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - University of Houston junior Dionne Sanders highlighted the opening day of action for the women's tennis team at the SFA Fall Invite on Friday at the Schlief Tennis Complex.
Sanders kicked off the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Anastasia Surkova of McNeese State and followed with another convincing straight-sets win (6-2, 6-3) against Sam Houston State's Kayla Stevenson in the semifinals. The Stourbridge, U.K., native will face off against Northwestern State's Polina Konop in Saturday's flight C final.
Three other Cougars notched singles victories on Friday, highlighted by the first collegiate victory for freshman Gabriella Jansson as she topped Britney Sibley of Jacksonville College by a score of 6-2, 6-1.
Celia Fraser posted an opening-round victory over Imke Jagua by a score of 6-4, 6-3 before falling in straight sets to Malena Gordo of Stephen F. Austin in the semifinals, while Maja Kazimieruk bounced back from a first-round loss with a gutty 0-6, 6-2, 10-4 defeat of Stephen F. Austin's Valeria Terentyeva.
The Cougar duo of Jansson and Sanders scored the only doubles win for Houston on Friday, topping Northwestern State's Simonova and Leyshyna by a score of 8-3 before falling in the semifinals.
Singles Flight C
Dionne Sanders (UH) def. Anastasia Surkova (McN), 6-3, 6-2 (Quarterfinal)
Dionne Sanders (UH) def. Kayla Stevenson (SHSU), 6-2, 6-3 (Semifinal)
Doubles Flight A
Pujol/Surkova (McN) def. Fraser/Kazimieruk (UH), 8-4 (Quarterfinal)
Postnikova/Dubyanskaya (SHSU) def. Fraser/Kazimieruk (UH), 8-3 (Consolation)
Doubles Flight B
Jansson/Sanders (UH) def. Simonva/Leyshyna (NWST), 8-3 (Quarterfinal)
Corriel/Petaia (SHSU) def. Jansson/Sanders (UH), 8-4 (Semifinal)
Steven/Mortimore (SHSU) def. Jansson/Sanders (UH), 8-6 (Consolation 3rd Place)
Singles Flight A Consolation Third-Place Match
Celia Fraser (UH) vs. Polina Konop (NWST)
Singles Flight B Consolation Fifth-Place Match
Maja Kazimieruk (UH) vs. Lara Pujol (McN)
Singles Flight C Finals
Dionne Sanders (UH) vs. Kateryna Bugayenko (SFA)
Singles Flight D Consolation Third-Place Match
Gabriella Jansson (UH) vs. Diana Pircui (McN)