Lady Tigers slip to fifth place after day three of national tourney
After advancing each of its singles players and doubles teams to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division I Women's National Tennis Championship in Tucson, AZ, the Cowley College women's tennis team found wins hard to come by on Tuesday as they had just one doubles team and two singles players advance to the semifinals.
Tyler Junior College (TX) and Hillsborough Community College (FL) are currently tied for first place at the national championship with 36 team points. Seward County is third with 33 points, while St. Petersburg College (FL) is just ahead of the Lady Tigers with 32 points.
On Monday, Cowley (30 points) got wins from its No. 3 and No. 4 singles players, Mariia Koroleva and Saara Kunakunova, while its No. 3 doubles team of Kunakunova and Valentina Jimenez also advanced to Tuesday's semifinal round.
Cowley's top-two doubles teams battled hard before losing three-set matches on Monday.
*No. 1 – Isid Hernandez/Ntokozo Zungu (CC) defeated Mia Falconi/Haley Quick 6-1, 6-0; defeated Sofija Djunisijevic/Jelizaveta Govrova 6-0, 6-3; lost to Mbali Langa/Viktoryia Zhadzinskaya 7-6, 6-7, 3-6 in the quarterfinals.
*No. 1 – Hernandez (CC) received a bye in the first round; defeated Djunisijevic 6-1, 6-1; lost to Arina Gamretkaia 4-6, 0-6 in the quarterfinals.
*No. 2 – Zungu (CC) received a bye in the first round; defeated Govrova 6-2, 6-2; lost to Carol Mora 3-6, 4-6 in the quarterfinals.
*No. 3 – Koroleva (CC) received a bye in the first round; defeated Muhammed 6-1, 6-2; defeated Mia Milojevic 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.
*No. 4 – Kunakunova (CC) received a bye in the first round; defeated Natalia Barron 6-1, 6-1; defeated Azul Barrios 6-2, 6-2.
*No. 5 – Neyra (CC) received a bye in the first round; defeated Alyssa Steed 6-0, 6-0 lost to Yeva Kononovych 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
*No. 6 – Jimenez (CC) received a bye in the first round; defeated Kamryn Rodriguez 6-4, 6-2; lost to Camilla Mitolo 2-6, 1-6 in the quarterfinals.