ORU Ends T-Birds' Tennis Season

April 27, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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Olia Tatarchenko beat Hailey Martin 6-2, 6-3 for the T-Birds' point
Olia Tatarchenko beat Hailey Martin 6-2, 6-3 for the T-Birds' point
Courtesy: SUU Strategic Communications

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 27 - Top-seeded Oral Roberts  put an end to Southern Utah's 2012 women's tennis season Friday with a 4-1 win in the semi-final round of the Summit League tournament. The match was played at the Plaza Tennis Center.

SUU lost the doubles point after Iryna Khatsko and Kristin Gray topped Ksusha Johnson and Lisa Pleskan at No. 2 and taking a win at No. 3 by default as the short-handed Thunderbirds did not field a team in the position. SUU's Alex Ivanova and Olia Tatarchenko were leading Lina Semenova and Hailey Martin 7-2 when the point was decided and that match was halted.

The Thunderbirds got a point when Tatarchenko beat Hailey Martin 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3, but the Golden Eagles got points at No. 6, where they were unopposed, at No. 5 where Marizanne Bouwer defeated Afton Staheli 6-1, 6-0 and at No. 2 where Semenova got past Ivanova 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) to clinch the match.

Johnson and Pleskan were both into their third set when the match was halted. Johnson won the first set 6-4 at No. 1 against Khatsko before losing the second 6-2 and was trailing 1-0 in the third set. Pleskan split the first two sets, 6-4, 4-6, with Kristin Gray and they had not begun the third when the match ended.

SUU finished the season with a 9-10 record while ORU moves on to meet IPFW in the finals on Saturday.

Tennis Match Results
Southern Utah vs Oral Roberts
Apr 27, 2012 at Kansas City, Mo.
(Plaza Tennis Center)

Oral Roberts 4, Southern Utah 1

Singles competition
1. Iryna Khatsko (ORU) vs. Ksusha Johnson (SUU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0, unfinished
2. Lina Semenova (ORU) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) def. Hailey Martin (ORU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Kristin Gray (ORU) vs. Lisa Pleskan (SUU) 4-6, 6-4, unfinished
5. Marizanne Bouwer (ORU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Tori Dollar (ORU) def. No player (SUU), by default

Doubles competition
1. Lina Semenova/Hailey Martin (ORU) vs. Alex Ivanova/Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) 2-7, unfinished
2. Iryna Khatsko/Kristin Gray (ORU) def. Ksusha Johnson/Lisa Pleskan (SUU) 8-2
3. Tori Dollar/Marizanne Bouwer (ORU) def. No player/No player (SUU), by default

Match Notes:
Southern Utah 9-10
Oral Roberts 12-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2); Singles (5,3,2)

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