Houston Tennis Completes Day One of SFA Fall Invite

    Dionne Sanders won two matches on Friday to advance to the singles flight finals
    Dionne Sanders won two matches on Friday to advance to the singles flight finals
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    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.

    Friday's Results

    Singles Flight A
    Celia Fraser (UH) def. Imke Jagua (SHSU), 6-4, 6-3 (Quarterfinal)
    Malena Gordo (SFA) def. Celia Fraser (UH), 6-2, 6-3 (Semifinal)

    Singles Flight B
    Nataly Krutova (NWST) def. Maja Kazimieruk (UH), 6-2, 6-2 (Quarterfinal)
    Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Valeria Terentyeva (SFA), 0-6, 6-2, 10-4 (Consolation)



    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)

    Singles Flight D
    Gabriella Jansson (UH) def. Britney Sibley (JC), 6-2, 6-1 (Quarterfinal)
    Laura Servise (SFA) def. Gabriella Jansson (UH), 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)

    Saturday's Schedule

    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)

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