Starratt and Gomez Shine in Day Two at Cougar Fall Draw
Oct. 8, 2006
Starratt compiled a pair of impressive victories, winning 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals before firing off a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the semifinals to earn a spot in the blue flight finals.
"Neila had a great day and has had a great tournament so far," head coach John Severance said. "She's proven that she's a gamer. She has more determination in the match than she does in practice. I'm not saying that she's a bad practice player but she's really stepped it up."
Gomez also moved to the finals, tallying a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory. The Spaniard saved her most best effort for the semifinals. Down a set and 5-4, Gomez picked a critical hold of serve. She followed that with a break and another hold taking the second set, 7-5, to even the match.
In the super tiebreaker, Gomez ran out to a 6-0 lead and held on for a 10-6 win to secure a place in the red flight finals.
"Loli doesn't win that match last year," Severance said. "She more confident and mentally tougher this season. This match is a changing of the guard for her. She can play at the top level, but the difference now is that she believes she can win."
After receiving an opening round bye, Leila Salek took a tight first set 6-4 in her quarterfinal match in the red flight. She lost the second set 6-3 and was down two match points in the super tiebreaker. Salek fought back using an array of drop shots to gut out a 14-12 win. Salek ran out of gas in the semifinals falling 6-0, 6-1.
"We've had to overcome some minor injuries," Severance "There were matches that could have gone different with one different bounce of the ball. We've identified some weaknesses and we're hoping to get them corrected before the ITA's."
Houston finishes the Cougar Fall Draw Sunday at Hoff Courts. The flight finals are slated to begin 12:30pm. Admission is free to Hoff Courts.