Oct. 3, 2004
The Illinois women's tennis team put together a 12-16 singles record and won four of eight doubles matches over the weekend at the Kentucky Fall Invitational in Lexington, Ky., but Head Coach Sujay Lama was more concerned about improvement than he was about the match outcomes. The 10-team, three-day affair wrapped up today.
"We got in a ton of matches," said Lama, " and that's exactly what we wanted. We definitely saw lots of improvement this weekend, especially from our younger players. Our freshmen are not used to playing so many matches in such a short time. We have a lot of work to do, but we're starting to come together--slowly, but surely."
Lama was particularly pleased with the doubles performance of 44th-ranked Cynthya Goulet and Emily Wang. The duo went 2-1 on the weekend. He also singled out freshmen Momei Qu and Macall Harkins for their encouraging singles performances. Qu beat No. 1 players from Arkansas and Ohio State, and Harkins was effective in doubles (she and Brianna Knue won two of their three matches).
"This was a very tough tournament, but a very productive tournament," said Lama.
Goulet and Wang will travel tomorrow to Pacific Palisades, Calif. to represent Illinois at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Tournament. Qualifying rounds will take place Tuesday and Wednesday; main draw competition begins Thursday.
The rest of the team returns home to prepare for its next outing, the ITA Midwest Regional, which will be held in Kalamazoo, Mich., in three weeks.
Here are Illinois' results from Saturday (report came in late from Lexington) and Sunday. Complete brackets can be found on the internet at http://www.ukathletics.com (the University of Kentucky's official athletics website).
SATURDAY Singles: Vlatka Jovanovic (Arkansas) def. Cynthya Goulet (ILL), 6-3, 6-4 Momei Qu (ILL) def. Emily DeCamilla (Ohio State), 6-0, 6-0 Shawna Zuccarini (Purdue) def. Brianna Knue (ILL), 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 Lille Nzudie (Marshall) def. Macall Harkins (ILL), 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (3) Pavlina Akritas (ILL) def. Shannon Brown (Marshall), 6-4, 7-6 (8) Natalie Lazskowski (Louisville) def. Elizabeth Dolan (ILL), 6-0, 6-1 Emily Vest (Middle Tennessee) def. Elizabeth Dolan (ILL), 7-5, 6-0
SATURDAY Doubles: Cynthya Goulet/Emily Wang (ILL) def. Ashley Kroh/Joelle Good (Marshall), 8-1 Cynthya Goulet/Emily Wang (ILL) def. Melissa Cornett/Vlatka Jovanovic (Arkansas), 8-2 Sonia Rusimovsky/Kristin Messmer (Ohio State) def. Momei Qu/Pavlina Akritas (ILL), 8-4 Yawna Allen/Maryori Franco (Arkansas) def. Macall Harkins/Brianna Knue (ILL), 8-5 Macall Harkins/Brianna Knue (ILL) def. Emily DeCamilla/Emily Howard (Ohio State), 9-8 (6)
SUNDAY Singles: Cynthya Goulet (ILL) def. Emily DeCamilla (Ohio State), 6-2, 6-1 Vlatka Jovanovic (Arkansas) def. Momei Qu (ILL), 6-2, 6-4 Emily Wang (ILL) def. Jeanne Schwartz (Marshall), 6-2, 7-6 (4) Brianna Knue (ILL) def. Summer Beasley (Abilene Christian), 6-4, 6-1 Pavlina Akritas (ILL) def. Alizee Paradis (Marshall), 7-6 (5), 7-5 Emily Howard (Ohio State) def. Elizabeth Dolan (ILL), 6-1, 6-1