FULLERTON, Calif. - Southern Utah University women's tennis wrapped up play on Sunday at the Fullerton Intercollegiates with a pair of final appearances in the consolation doubles brackets. The tournament was the first of two on Southern Utah's schedule this fall.
SUU's doubles teams of Madeline Skaras and Afton Staheli, competing in Flight B, and Olya Tatarchenko and Alex Ivanova, competing in Flight A, were each ousted in opening matches of the main draw, 8-3 and 8-3, respectively. However Staheli and Skaras came back in the consolation bracket with a victory over Portland State's Marina Todd and Alexa McDonald, 9-8 (7-3), to advance to the final where the duo lost 8-2 to CSLA's Jill Sangria and Sydney Postal, 8-2.
Tatarchenko/Ivanova opened their consolation bracket with a close 9-8 (7-1) victory over UC Riverside's Natalie McKay and Courtney Pattugaian, advancing to the finals where the team lost to Santa Barbara's Priscila Garcia and April Scatliffe, 8-2.
Individually, Tatarchenko and Ivanova logged records of 1-2 and 0-2 in singles Flight A with Tatarchenko's victory coming against Long Beach State's Eva Rodriguez in the first match of the consolation bracket, 3-6, 6-4 and 10-4 in a ten-point tie breaker. Ivanova's consolation match also went to a ten-point tie breaker, but with different results as the junior tied the match with a 6-2 second-set victory, only to fall 10-7 in the tie breaker.
Afton Staheli was the lone T-Bird to log a victory in the main draw, posting a 6-1, 6-0 win over CSLA's Nikkola Vichenko in the opening round of singles Flight C. The St. George native later suffered a 6-1, 6-2 defeat in the next round, falling to UC Irvine's Nakisa Vahdat.
Freshman Madeline Skaras suffered defeat in each of her singles matches during the tournament in Flight B, 6-3, 6-0 to CSLA's Tiffany Shaik and 6-0, 7-5 to Portland State's Kelsey Frey.
Southern Utah is next scheduled to take part at the CS Northridge Touranment Nov. 9-11.
Flight A Singles
Sabrina Man-Song Hing (CSUN) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU), 7-6, 6-1
Leora Hemmerich (CSLA) def. Olya Tatarchenko (SUU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Flight A Singles - Consolation
Olya Tatarchenko (SUU) def. Eva Rodriguez (LBSU), 3-6, 6-4, 10-4
Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU), 6-4, 2-6, 10-7
Anna Yang (CSUN) def. Olya Tatarcheno (SUU), 6-2, 6-3
Flight B Singles
Tiffany Shaik (CSLA) def. Madison Skaras (SUU), 6-3, 6-0
Flight B Singles - Consolation
Kelsey Frey (PSU) def. Madison Skaras (SUU), 6-0, 7-5
Flight C Singles
Afton Staheli (SUU) def. Nikkola Wichenko (CSLA), 6-1, 6-0
Nakisa Vahdat (UCI) def. Afton Staheli (SUU), 6-1, 6-2
Flight A Doubles
Mai/Rodriguez (UCF) def. Tatarchenko/Ivanova (SUU), 8-3
Flight A Doubles - Consolation
Tatarchenko/Ivanova (SUU) def. McKay/Pattugaian (UCR) 9-8 (7-1)
Garcia/Scatliffe (UCSB) def. Tatarchenko/Ivanova (SUU) 8-2
Flight B Doubles
Yam/Cano (UCSB) def. Staheli/Skaras (SUU), 8-3
Flight B Doubles - Consolation
Staheli/Skaras (SUU) def. Todd/McDonald (PSU), 9-8 (7-3)
Sangria/Postal (CSLA) def. Staheli/Skaras (SUU), 8-2