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Marizanne Bouwer and ORU fought hard at the UCA Invitational

ORU Competes at UCA Invitational

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 10/02/2013
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CONWAY, Ark. - The Oral Roberts University women’s tennis team continued the fall portion of their season over the weekend, as they competed in the UCA Invitational. Six ORU players took the court at the event.

Two Golden Eagles battled in the No. 1 singles draw. Haley Martin won her opener, 2-6, 6-4, 11-9, over Simona Horsikyan of Central Arkansas but fell in her second match, 6-3, 4-6, 11-9, to Ali Bowden of Harding. In the 3rd place match, Martin was beaten by Harding’s Piper Huey, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Melanie Marlin fell in her first match, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, to Kristina Savchenkov of Northeastern State. In her second match, Marlin was topped by Allison Murphy of Central Arkansas, 6-0, 6-1.

In the second flight, Marizanne Bouwer won her opener over Harding’s Lauren Doversola, 6-1, 6-2. But she fell in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-3, to Northeastern State’s Martina Bruzikova, and she lost the 3rd place match to Northeastern’s Houda Bellamine, 6-2, 7-5.

Mairead Cleary fell in the first round of the third flight, 6-1, 6-0, to Cassidy Crawford of Central Arkansas. She recovered to win her second match, however, a 6-3, 1-6, 10-6 triumph over Arielle Butler of Harding, before she fell in the consolation finals, 6-1, 6-4, to Amy Leiu of North Central Texas College.

In the fourth flight, Natalia Dollar won her opener, 6-0, 6-3, over Katie Huff of Harding. But she was beaten in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-2, by Bianca Strukelj of Central Arkansas. In the 3rd place match, Dollar lost to Maria Moreno of Harding, 6-4, 6-0.

Nika Munoz fell in both of her No. 5 singles matches. Munoz was beaten by Ludivine Varga of North Central Texas College, 6-1, 6-3 and Lucia Cerchlanova of Northeastern State, 6-1, 6-1.

Marlin and Cleary teamed up in No. 1 doubles and lost their first match, 8-5, to Savchenkov and Jeanne Mallen of Northeastern State. They rallied to win their second match, 8-6, over Harding’s Doversola and Benyapa Phumtip, but they lost the consolation final, 8-5, to Harding’s Huey and Gabrielle Rowden.

Martin and Bouwer beat Rowden and Huey in their first doubles match, 8-5, and they took their semifinal match from Crawford and Kristina Horsikyan of UCA, 8-7 (7-4). But the ORU duo lost in the championship match to Murphy and Kelsey Williams of UCA, 8-7 (9-7).

Dollar and Munoz went 0-3 in the second flight doubles draw. They lost their opener to Strukelj and Simona Horsikyan of UCA, 8-3, and they fell to NCTC’s Leiu and Sheridan McKissick, 8-0, in their second match. The duo closed the tournament with an 8-2 loss to Northeastern State’s Cerchlanova and Barbora Jirickova.

The Golden Eagles continue the fall season at the ITA Regionals, which start on October 17 in Norman.
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