WINSTON-SALEM, NC- The Richmond Spider women's tennis team finished fall play at the Wake Invitational Tournament on Sunday.
"I thought our team chemistry and competitive drive were very strong," said head coach Mark Wesselink. "Fall tournaments are tough because the players are all in different flights but we're trying to build team unity and bond."
Katya Salas ended the weekend 2-1 in singles play. Salas defeated Louisville's Stefanie Villajuan in the singles C group fifth place bracket 6-4,6-2.
Melissa Kandinata, Emily Gitman, Anna Abadias, Ripley Hartmeyer, Mariana Arana, and Georgina Pons- Cano finished the weekend 1-2 in singles play.
"Last year we struggled at this tournament so it was great to see Sims, Gitman, Salas, and Pons-Cano all break through in the main draws," said Wesselink. " Even when they lost they put up a serious fight. All their matches were close."
In double's action Ana Abadias and Nil Horoz defeated West Virginia's Tsu/Toldze in the Doubles C fifth place final 4-1 after Tsu/Toldze retired.
In Double's D Mariana Arana and Ripley Hartmeyer earned third place after defeating Charlotte's Johnson/Perez 8-2.
Melissa Kandinata 1-2
Round 1: Ellise Linsell (App) def. Melissa Kandinata 6-2, 6-1
Cons Round Quarter: Melissa Kandinata def. Anna Ekelund (UNC-C) 7-5, 6-2
Cons Round Semi: Andrea Crespo (Stet) def. Kandinata 6-3, 0-6, 7-6
Elizabeth Sims 1-1
Round 1: Sims def. Erin Sook (Navy) 6-2, 7-5
Quarterfinal: Giovanna Portiolli (win) def. Sims 6-4, 6-4
Fifth Place Bracket: Sims def Cox w/o inj
Emily Gitman 1-2
Round 1: Gitman def. Anna Ortiz (Camp) 7-5, 6-2
Quarterfinal: Diana Bujakeva (Stet) def. Gitman 6-1, 7-5
Fifth Place Bracket: Ikttesh Chahal def. Gitman 6-1, 7-6(6)
Katya Salas 2-1
Round 1: Salas def. Darien Sears (Navy) 7-6(3), 6-0
Quarterfinal: Karen Forman (WFU) def. Salas 6-4, 6-0
Fifth Place Bracket: Salas def Stefanie Villajuan 6-4, 6-2
Anna Abadias 1-2
Round 1: Lindsey Cable (Stet) def Abadias 7-5, 7-6
Cons Quarterfinal: Abadias def. Barbora Lazarova (Elon) 7-5, 6-3
Cons Semi: Jennifer Ansari (App) def. Abadias 7-5, 7-6
Ripley Hartmeyer 1-2
Round 1: Soumeya Anane (UNCG) def. Hartmeyer 6-4, 6-0
Cons Quarter: Hartmeyer def. Ginny Johnson (UNCC) 6-3, 6-0
Cons Semi: Sam Droop (Navy) def Hartmeyer 6-1, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (6)
Mariana Arana 1-2
Round 1: Vivian Tsui (WVU) def. Arana 7-5, -7-6
Cons Quarter: Arana def. Emmanuelle Briant (UNCC) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
Cons Semi: Noelle Kaufman (Navy) def. Arana 7-5, 6-1
Georgina Pons-Cano 1-2
Round 1: Pons-Cano def. Cassie Fisbeck (Navy) 6-2, 6-2
Semifinal: Jamie Grinberg (UNCG) def Pons- Cano 6-3, 6-2
Fifth Place Bracket: Dye Das (Navy) def. Pons-Cano 6-4, 6-2
Round 1: Khoury/Lazarova (Elon) def Kandinata/Salas 8-4
Cons Semi: Moniz-Soares/Cummer (Davidson) def. Kandinata/Salas 8-4
13th Place Bracket: Kandinata/Salas def. Ortiz/Stanic (Campbell) 8-6
Round 1: Sims/Gitman def. Chernaya/Afridi 8-5
Semifinal: Zinn/Takatanagi def. Sims/Gitman 8-4
Fifth Place Bracket: Cridland/ Gunaysu (Win) def. Sims/Gitman 8-2
Abadias/ Horoz 2-0
Round 1: BYE
Quarterfinals: Sears/ Fisbeck (Navy) def Abadias/Horoz 8-5
Fifth Place Bracket: Abadias/Horoz def. Anane/Yurtkuran (UNCG) w/o
Fifth Place Final: Abadias/Horoz def. Tsui.Toldze 4-1 ret
Arana/ Hartmeyer 2-1
Round 1: Arana/Hartmeyer def. Gabriel/Shell (App) 8-1
Semi-Final: Ellis/Grinberf (UNCG) def. Arana/Hartmeyer 9-8 (7)
3rd Place: Arana/Hartmeyer def. Johnson/Perez (UNCC) 8-2