Women’s tennis struggles in Tuscaloosa

Ty Ammons

Staff Writer

The Troy University women’s tennis team competed in the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championship this past weekend at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Four women competed this weekend in singles and doubles matches, but none of the players were able to move past the fourth round.

Freshman Sanae Ohta played her first round match in the Singles A Draw against Jackson State junior Rebekah Adewumi. Ohta won with a match score of 6-2, 6-0.

In Ohta’s second-round match, she faced senior Stephanie N’tcha from Samford, and Ohta won the first set 6-1. Ohta’s opponent retired in the second set.

Ohta progressed to the third round and faced senior Emily Zabor from the University of Alabama. Ohta won the match 6-4, 6-1.

In the fourth round, Ohta met her match against Ole Miss senior Julia Jones. Jones won 6-1, 6-4.

Junior Trang Huynh competed in the Singles A Draw and got a bye for her first round.

In her second round match, she played junior Marija Mulitinovic from Ole Miss. Mulitinovic beat Huynh in three sets: 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.

Freshman Linnea Skymberg and junior Olivia Brooke Durden played in the Singles B Draw, and both lost their first-round matches.

Huynh and Ohta played as a team in the Doubles A Draw and moved to the

second round on a bye for their first.

In their second-round match, Huynh and Ohta won against sophomore Jazmin Britos and junior Alexandra Starkova from Louisiana Tech, 8-7.

In Huynh and Ohta’s third round, they lost to the Ole Miss team of junior Mai El Kamash and freshman Arianne Hartono, 8-2.

Durden and Skymberg defeated the Jacksonville State sophomores Diana Mirceta and Sadey St. Amant.

In their second-round match, Durden and Skymberg lost to junior Georgiana Patrasc and senior Naomi Tran from Mississippi State University. The final match score was 8-3.

The next women’s tennis tournament is Oct. 17-19 in Birmingham. The men’s next tennis tournament is Oct. 16-20 in Auburn.

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