ORU Competes at UCA Invitational
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.