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Back in the Swing

Back in the Swing

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University women's tennis had a number of fine showings at the 2019 APSU Fall Invitational this weekend.

The tournament was highlighted by junior Sarah Brackin (College Grove, Tenn.) winning three matches to reach the Flight 3 final.

Brackin and Sara Bjork of Murray State would trade the first two sets, before Bjork claimed the championship match in three sets.

Sophomore Lauren Carelli (Chattanooga, Tenn.) also advanced in Flight 3 when her opponent from UT Martin retired.

In Flight 2 singles, sophomore Peyton Lee (Marietta, Ga.) advanced to the semifinals with victories over opponents from Southeast Missouri and UT Martin. Junior Drew Hawkins (Chattanooga, Tenn.) also reached the quarterfinals with an opening victory over Lisa Friess of Western Kentucky.

Meanwhile in Flight 1 singles, Indiana transfer Somer Henry (Franklin, Tenn.) earned her first victory at Belmont with a straight set victory over Danielle Morris of Austin Peay.

In doubles, the Bruin pairing of Henry and freshman Taylor Trondson (St. Paul, Minn.) steamrolled to the semifinal round before dropping a hard-fought tiebreak decision to Bernardos & Diaz from Western Kentucky.

Belmont returns to action Sept. 20-22 at Mercer.

2019 APSU Fall Invitational Results

Flight 1 Singles
Round of 16
Somer Henry (BEL) def. Danielle Morris (APSU) 6-3, 6-2
Romana Tarajova (SEMO) def. Erin Allen (BEL) 6-1, 6-3

Quarterfinals
Natalie Slezakova (MUR) def. Somer Henry (BEL) 6-4, 6-2

Consolation
Bogdana Zaparozhets (UTC) def. Erin Allen (BEL) 6-3, 6-4

Flight 2 Singles
Round of 16
Peyton Lee (BEL) def. Manuela Barriga (SEMO) 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-7
Drew Hawkins (BEL) def. Lisa Friess (WKU) 6-4, 7-6(5)
Stasya Sharapova (MUR) def. Maria Plaksina (BEL) 6-0, 6-2

Quarterfinals
Peyton Lee (BEL) def. Sina Albersmeier (UTM) 6-2, 0-6, 10-8
Sara Loncarevic (MUR) def. Drew Hawkins (BEL) 7-6(2), 6-1

Semifinals
Sara Loncarevic (MUR) def. Peyton Lee (BEL) 6-3, 4-6, 10-3

Consolation
Cora-Lynn Von Dungern (WKU) def. Maria Plaksina (BEL) 6-2, 7-6(4)

Flight 3 Singles
Round of 16
Sarah Brackin (BEL) def. Grace Powderly (SEMO) 6-0, 6-0
Lauren Carelli (BEL) def. Natasha Sijan (UTM) 3-1 ret.
Zoe Wende (WKU) def. Taylor Trondson (BEL) 7-5, 7-6(6)
Aleksandra Topalovic (APSU) def. Nikki Christiansen (BEL) 6-1, 6-0

Quarterfinals
Sarah Brackin (BEL) def. Samantha Muller (MUR) 7-6(4), 6-4
Sara Bjork (MUR) def. Lauren Carelli (BEL) 1-6, 6-4, 10-8

Semifinals
Sarah Brackin (BEL) def. Ana Albertson (APSU) 7-6(4), 6-4

Championship
Sara Bjork (MUR) def. Sarah Brackin (BEL) 6-1, 4-6, 10-2

Consolation
Tristen Bryant-Otake (WKU) def. Nikki Christiansen (BEL) 6-0, 6-2
Aziza Aubin (UTM) def. Taylor Trondson (BEL) 6-3, 6-3

Flight 1 Doubles
Round of 16
Allen/Lee (BYE)
Sharapova/Slezakova (MUR) def. Hawkins/Carelli (BEL) 6-3

Quarterfinals
Paladini Jennings/Topalovic (APSU) def. Allen/Lee (BEL) 6-4

Consolation
Zonova/Skinha (SEMO) def. Allen/Lee (BEL) 6-3

Flight 2 Doubles
Round of 16
Henry/Trondson (BEL) def. Lundell/Powderly (SEMO) 6-0
Streif/Albersmeier (UTM) def. Christiansen/Plaksina (BEL)

Quarterfinals
Henry/Trondson (BEL) def. Albertson/Heckel (APSU) 6-3

Semifinals
Bernardos/Diaz (WKU) def. Henry/Trondson (BEL) 7-6(7)

Consolation
Lundell/Powderly (SEMO) def. Christiansen/Plaksina (BEL) 7-5