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Lady Bisons win four matches at UTC tourney
Monday, October 4, 2010
Lady Bisons win four matches at UTC tourney
The Lady Bisons traveled to Chattanooga for the Steve Baras Fall Invitational, picking up four wins as a team in the individual tournament.

Junior Elizabeth Keevil led the Lady Bisons, competing in the Flight 1 Singles draw. Keevil fell in the round of 16 to UAB’s Giorgia Romeo 6-0, 6-3. Keevil was defeated in the first round of the consolation draw by Vivian Mariani from Jacksonville State University in a three-set match with a super-tie breaker acting in lieu of a third set, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3).

The Lady Bisons had two players competing in the Flight 2 singles draw, senior Kara Jackson and junior Danielle Hansen.

Jackson picked up the Bisons first win, defeating Wofford’s Stephanie Cox in the round of 16, 6-4, 6-3. Jackson went on to lose in the quarterfinals to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Alexa Flynn 6-2, 6-0.

Hansen fell in the round of 16, losing to Jacksonville State’s Juliana Renesto in a tight two setter, 7-5, 7-6(3). Hansen was unable to secure a win in the consolation bracket, falling to MTSU’s Marietta Bigus 6-2, 6-1.

Freshman Alyssa Bellini and sophomore Carlina Jow represented the Lady Bisons in the Flight 3 Singles draw.

Bellini secured a win for the Lady Bisons in the round of 16, defeating University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Charlotte Bossy 6-4, 7-5. Bellini was then defeated in the quarterfinals to UAB’s Jenny Cape 6-2, 6-1.

Jow fell in the round of 16 to UTC’s Diana Zora 6-3, 6-0 before going on to earn a victory in the first round of the consolation draw, defeating Esmira Gheisary from Eastern Kentucky University 6-4, 7-5. Jow was defeated in the semifinals of the consolation draw by UAB’s Menansleau Moolan 6-1, 6-2.

Senior Julianne McMeen and junior Samantha Bowman competed in the Flight 4 Singles draw for the Lady Bisons.

McMeen lost in the round of 16 to Lee’s Emily Orist in a tight three-setter, eventually falling 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. McMeen went on to win her first match in the consolation bracket, defeating Aleksandra Cmijic from JSU in another three-setter, this time coming out on top, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(8).

Bowman was unable to secure a victory in the round of 16, falling to Wofford’s Sam Sullivan 6-3, 6-0 before going on to lose her consolation match to EKU’s Sophie O’Neil 6-2, 6-4.

The Lady Bisons did not find much success with doubles for the weekend, failing to secure any victories.

First time partners, Jackson and Bellini, competing in the Flight 1 Doubles draw, were defeated by JSU’s Marani and Dessbesell 8-1 before losing in the consolation round to Wofford’s Baird and Cohen 8-1.

In the Flight 3 Doubles draw, Keevil and Hansen also fell to a Wofford duo, Sullivan and Cox, 8-6 and went on to be defeated by UTC’s Wishing and Green 8-5.

Second year partners, McMeen and Jow, fell in their doubles match in the Flight 4 draw, losing to Lee’s Garner and Sandberg 8-3.

The Lady Bisons will compete Oct. 8-Oct. 10 when they travel to the University of Tennessee at Martin.



Giorgia Romeo (4) UAB def. Elizabeth Keevil LU 6-0; 6-3

Vivian Marani JSU def. Elizabeth Keevil LU 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3)

Kara Jackson LU def. Stephanie Cox Wofford 6-4; 6-3

Alexa Flynn (1) UTC def. Kara Jackson LU 6-2; 6-0

Juliana Renesto JSU def. Danielle Hanson LU 7-5; 7-6(3)

Marietta Bigus MTSU def. Danielle Hansen LU 6-2, 6-1

Alyssa Bellini LU def. Charlotte Bossy UTC 6-4; 7-5

Jenny Cape (4) UAB def. Alyssa Bellini LU 6-2; 6-1

Diana Zora UTC def. Carlina Jow LU 6-3; 6-0

Carlina Jow LU def. Esmira Gheisary EKU 6-4, 7-5

Menansleau Moolan UAB def. Carlina Jow LU 6-1, 6-2

Emily Orist Lee def. Julianne McMeen LU 3-6; 6-2; 6-3

Julianne McMeen LU def. Aleksandra Cmijic JSU 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8)

Sam Sullivan Wofford def. Samantha Bowman LU 6-3; 6-0

Sophie O’Neil EKU def. Samantha Bowman LU 6-2, 6-4


Martina Dessbesell / Vivian Marani (1) def. Alyssa Bellini / Kara Jackson LU 8-1

Haley Baird/ Rachel Cohen Wofford def. Alyssa Bellini/ Kara Jackson LU 8-1

Stephanie Cox / Sam Sullivan def. Danielle Hanson / Elizabeth Keevil LU 8-6

Briana Wishing/ Annie Green UTC def. Danielle Hansen/ Elizabeth Keevil LU 8-5

Tarah Garner / Annie Sandberg def. Carlina Jow / Julianna McMeen LU 8-3

Written by Ashlan Williams, athletics media relations student assistant.