ASU Tennis begins fall tournament play

LAWRENCE, Kansas (ASU) — The Arkansas State women's tennis opened its 2011 fall tournament season at the KU Invitational, with several ASU tennis players winning their opening round matches.

In single's action newcomer Mahuiyang Ron won her opening round match against Khristina Blajkevitch (Kentucky) 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 and will play Elisabeth Fournier of Washington State University on Saturday.

In other action Biljana Milosevska defeated Mish Testerman (Kentucky) 6-3, 6-3 and will play Ksenia Googe of Washington State on Saturday, while Ceara Howey defeated Kamryn Blackwood (Nova Southeastern) 6-1, 6-0 to move onto to play Veronika Makashov (South Dakota).

In other single's action Tamara Slijepcevic dropped her opening round match to Liudmila Vasileva (Washington State) 6-1, 6-0, while Janie Nowland lost to Stephanie Fox (Kentucky) 6-3, 6-3. Ioana Teu lost to Claire Dreye (Kentucky) 6-2, 6-1 and Jess Heeps-Eriksen lost to Ashley Tiefel (Colorado) 2-6, 6-4, 10-4. Janelle Fung lost to Ysabel Nunez (South Dakota) 6-4, 6-2.

In double's action Heeps-Eriksen/Silijepcevic advanced to the semifinals of Doubles B Bracket after both of their matches on Friday. They defeated Tiefel/Sanders (Colorado) 8-6 in the opening round and then defeated Yakominich/Pintos (UMKC) 8-3. They will play Hollis/Elmore (Saint Louis) in the semifinal on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

In other action Howey/Fung dropped their opening round match and were moved to the consolation bracket where they defeated Reddy/Nunez (South Dakota) 9-8 (7-4). Rong/Teu dropped their opening round match and were moved to the consolation bracket where they also lost. Milosevska/Nowland also lost their opening round match, but won their first match in the consolation bracket 8-6 over LaValii/Roberts (Nova Southeastern).

The tournament will continue on Saturday with semifinal matches, while final's matches will be played on Sunday.