Martha Thorn Invitational Play Continues for RedHawks

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Oct. 21, 2017

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The Miami University women’s tennis team continued their weekend of play in West Virginia’s Martha Thorn Invitational on Saturday. The RedHawks competed along with the host West Virginia University and James Madison University in singles and doubles rotations.

Miami started the day with six singles pairings against the Mountaineers. Senior Nelli Ponomareva put up a strong showing, defeating Anne-Sophie Courteau in straight-sets, 7-5, 6-2. Lena Babunski also won in straight-sets: the freshman from Serbia knocked off Kirsten White, 6-3, 6-2. Following that session, Miami took on James Madison in a three-match singles rotation, in which the Dukes took each match in close, three-set contests.

In doubles, the RedHawks played four matches against WVU and three against JMU. Four Miami teams won in total: Ponomareva and fellow senior Anastasiia Vasiukhina took down West Virginia’s Jordan/Goetz, 6-4, Milana Lysova and Priyana Kalita bested Rosiello/White, 6-3, and Melati Devi and Makenzie Myers also won against Rosiello/White, 6-2. Against James Madison, Ponomareva and Lysova combined to sweep Herrock/Owens.

Like all fall events, these scores only affect individual players’ rankings and do not affect a team’s overall record. The day’s full results are listed below.

The Martha Thorn Invite will continue tomorrow, and the full schedule can be found below. Make sure to follow @MiamiOH_Tennis on Twitter for updates.

Saturday’s Results
Singles
Vs. WVU:
Nelli Ponomareva (MU) def. Anne-Sophie Courteau (WVU) 7-5, 6-2
Sofia Duran (WVU) def. Milana Lysova (MU) 6-1, 4-6, 10-6
Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) def. Emily Struble (MU) 6-1, 2-6, 10-5
Paula Goetz (WVU) def. Makenzie Myers (MU) 6-1, 6-3
Lena Babunski (MU) def. Kirsten White (WVU) 6-3, 6-2
Abigail Rosiello (WVU) def. Janelle Ghanem (MU) 6-0, 6-0

Vs. JMU:
Dylan Owens (JMU) def. Anastasiia Vasiukhina (MU) 2-6, 6-1, 10-7
Michaela Kluska (JMU) def. Priyana Kalita (MU) 1-6, 6-3, 10-7
Abby Amos (JMU) def. Melati Devi (MU) 4-6, 7-6, 10-3

Doubles
Round 1:
Ponomareva/Vasiukhina (MU) def. Jordan/Goetz (WVU) 6-4
Lysova/Kalita (MU) def. Rosiello/White (WVU) 6-3
Herrock/Owens (JMU) def. Struble/Myers (MU) 7-6

Round 2:
Choo/Caputo (WVU) def. Vasiukhina/Kalita (MU) 6-3
Devi/Myers (MU) def. Rosiello/White (WVU) 6-2
Ponomareva/Lysova (MU) def. Herrock/Owens (JMU) 6-0
Flament/Kluska (JMU) def. Struble/Babunski (MU) 6-3

Sunday’s Schedule:
Singles:
9 AM: Miami vs. WVU (six matches)
10:30 AM: Miami vs. JMU (three matches)

Doubles:
12 PM: Miami vs. WVU (two matches), Miami vs. JMU (one match)
12:30 PM: Miami vs. WVU (one match), Miami vs. JMU (two matches)