St. Peter, Minn. (Blugolds.com)- The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire women's tennis team competed at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championships and the Gustavus Fall Invite at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn over the weekend.
In the ITA singles bottom Natalie Wijesinghe (Sr.--Apple Valley, MN) went on a huge run beating Sophia DeLaReyes (Grinnell) 7-6,6-3. Natalie moved on to beat her next opponent Natali Sorajja (Macalester) 6-0,6-0. It didn't end there as she continued on and beat Jessica Minkov (Whitewater) 6-2,6-1 to move onto the semis to face Grace Rierman (Bethel) who beat Natalie to move on to the finals.
In the top quarter singles, Lindsey Hendeson (So.—Prior Lake,MN) competed against Lauren Obrien (Wartburg) and moved on to face her next opponent Olivia Kraft (UW- Whitewater) and lost the battle 6-2, 6-4.
In the singles Second Quarter, Emily Cooper (JR.—White Bear Lake, MN/ Mahtomedi) fell to Madi Overman (Wartburg) 6-3, 6-0. In the singles third for the Blugolds Elaine Franta (Fr.—White Bear Lake,MN) lost to Sabrina Tang (Grinnell) 6-0,6-1.
In the ITA Doubles Draw top half, Lindsey Henderson and Elaine Franta (UWEC) defeated Jessica Minkov and Elsie Ha (UW-Whitewater) 8-2, and then moved on to defeat Abigail Nielson and Ali Hickley (Grinnell) 9-7. Henderson and Franta then knocked off Anna Stutz and Sydney Douglas (Gustavus) 8-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the doubles draw bottom half, UWEC's Natalie Wijesinghe and Emily Cooper defeated Maddie Harley and Bronwyn Metcalf (Central) 8-0, and then went on to also defeat Emily Norman and Renata Hernandez (Gustavus) 8-6.
It was a great few days for the Blugolds as they return to action at the YMCA Menard's Center on October 5 and 6 as they host Winona State (MN) and UW- Lacrosse. Follow the action on the tournament website listed above, or on Blugolds.com