SPARTANBURG, S.C. (A-State) – The Arkansas State women's tennis team picked up two singles victories and three doubles victories at the conclusion of the first day of competition at the Terrier Invite hosted by Wofford University at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
Junior Julie Gauguery picked up a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Presbyterian's Celine Schepers in the Gold Draw, while freshman Shelby King defeated Gardner-Webb's Stina Magnusson 6-1, 6-2 in the Black Draw. Both players advance to the semifinal of their respective draws. Gauguery will face USC Upstate's Carol Sigaki, while King will face Navy's Caludia Mackenzie's. Both matches are set to start at 9:30 a.m.
In doubles competition, all three pairings lost their opening round matches, but bounced back to win their consolation bracket matches. The Pairing of Victoria Pisani and King defeated Navy's Katie Porter and Sabrina Jiang 6-4, while Victoria Roberts and Gauguery defeated USC Upstate's Anne Zoske and Vale Zarma 6-1. The pairing of Chiara Stefanov and Sabina Jeresic defeated Presbyterian's Nicole Croxton and Claire-Mitchell Andrews 7-5.
"We are continuing to get better at the things we are working on," A-State tennis coach Kel Lange said. "We just need to do them better and longer. Julie and Shelby had two really impressive victories for us today and hopefully we can build off that momentum tomorrow."
In other singles' action, Roberts fell to UNC-Ashville's Lauren Brookers 6-2, 6-0, while Jeresic lost to Navy's Catalina Rico 6-2, 6-4. Stefanov lost to Jiang (Navy) 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 and Pisani rounded out the day with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Wofford's Kalli Karas. All three players will compete in the consolation bracket Saturday morning.
Saturday's final round will get underway with doubles at 8 a.m. followed by two rounds of singles' competition.