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Women's Tennis Plays in Three Tournaments

TU women's tennis plays in three tournaments
TU women's tennis plays in three tournaments
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Sept. 28, 2013

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TULSA, Okla. - Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique plays in the ITA All-American Championships at Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., while five other TU women's tennis players compete at the Razorback Invite.

Vickers competes in the qualify singles that start on Tuesday, but she is listed as the first alternative in the main draw singles that starts on Thursday.

Vickers and Isaura plays as double partners in the main draw doubles that starts on Thursday.

"Coming into the tournament, they are one of the best players in the country," TU head coach Dean Orford said. "We expect them to go deep into the tournament even though the competition is the best in the country. The competition is going to be strong, but I feel like they're ready."

Vickers, ranked No. 15 in the ITA preseason poll, received the No. 1 seed in the Midland Invitational and made it to the final four, where she lost to No. 4 seed Stefanie Tan of TCU.

Carol Benito, Saana Saarteinen, Renata Kuricova, Maria Sant'Anna and Dobby Leenabanchong competes in the Razorback Invite from Oct. 4-6.

Leenabanchong advanced to the round of 16 in her first tournament in the Midland Invitational. Leenabanchong defeated No. 11 Blair Shankle of Baylor in the first round and Chelsea Utting of Penn State in the second round.

The freshman fell to No. 7 Mata Cutura of Pepperdine in the round of 16



"We know that Dobby is going to be a good player," Orford said. "She's very talented and very smart on the court."

Maria Sant'Anna defeated Dylan Windom of Kansas in the first round of the Midland Invitational, but fell to Tan in the second round.

Carol Benito, Saana Saarteinen and Renata Kuricova play in their first tournament of the season.

"This is a developing phase for us this fall and that's what I'm looking forward to this tournament to see the progress that they've made since they've started out," Orford said.

Yeena Nemchem plays in her first tournament in the Hilton Head 10K in Hilton Head, S.C. from Sept. 27-30.

"She's a highly ranked WTA player," Orford said. "She will be playing a professional event and she's in the main draw, so it will be interesting to see how she does."

The Golden Hurricane went 8-5 in the first fall tournament in the Midland Invitational as Vickers went 3-1, Leenabanchong went 2-1, and Sant'Anna, Cichon and Enrique each went 1-1.

"It's good to see where we are at," Orford said of the Midland Invitational. "We didn't send our entire team there, but it was a good starting point. Samantha Vickers got to the semifinals. She's always going to be up there and we expect her to go deep into the tournament.

"For our newcomers, it was good event to get the nerves out and even got their first college wins. Overall, it was a good experience for the first week."

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