Tennis Perfect in Doubles on Day Two of Hokie Invite
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's tennis team completed a perfect Saturday in doubles action at the 19th annual Hokie Invitational. Both Tribe doubles teams won their consolation matches, while senior Anik Cepeda won both her consolation matches on the afternoon.
In Flight A doubles, Cepeda and junior Hope Johnson won for the second time in as many days as they rolled to an 8-3 victory over Sarah Evans and Guinn Garcia of Wofford. The Tribe duo will compete in the fifth-place match of Flight A on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. against the East Tennessee State team of Antonia Kolovou and Larn McShane.
Junior Sydney Smith and senior Nina Vulovich won their second straight doubles contest, downing Wofford's Audrey Coventry and Tessa Johnson, 8-2, in the consolation side of Flight B. The Tribe tandem faces the Virginia Tech team of Emily Lauten and Megan Conley in the consolation final at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Cepeda rallied from a set deficit to defeat Radford's Gemma Valls in three sets in her first match of the consolation side in Flight A. After the Highlander player took the first set, 6-4, Cepeda forced a third-set super tiebreaker with a 6-2 triumph in the second. The Tribe senior claimed her first win of the 2012 fall season with a 10-4 win over Valls in the third set. She capped the day with a dominating 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Sarah Evans of Wofford for her second win of the day. Cepeda will face Virginia Tech's Carol Kahoun in the consolation final of the top singles flight on Sunday.
After winning her opening round singles match on Friday, Vulovich was forced to retire in the second set of her quarterfinal match due to illness. UNCW's Kelly Cameron won the opening set, 6-3, in the Flight C match and led 1-0 in the second, before Vulovich retired.
Smith notched her second singles victory of the fall season, winning in the consolation side of Flight B. After dropping her opening match of the day, the Tribe junior bounced back in rolling to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Radford's Hana Babic. Smith will face UMBC's Isabel Aldunate in her final consolation match of the Invite on Sunday.
The final day of the Hokie Invitational will get underway on Sunday with doubles at 9 a.m. Singles competition will follow to close out he event.
W&M Results from the Hokie Invitational
Flight A Singles
Anik Cepeda (W&M) def. Gemma Valls (Radford) - 4-6, 6-2, 10-4
Anik Cepeda (W&M) def. Sarah Evans (Wofford) - 6-2, 6-0
Flight B Singles
Emily Lauten (Va. Tech) def. Sydney Smith (W&M) - 6-3, 7-5
Sydney Smith (W&M) def. Hana Babic (Radford) - 6-2, 6-1
Flight C Singles
Kelley Cameron (UNCW) def. Nina Vulovich (W&M) - 6-3, 1-0, retire
Flight A Doubles
Cepeda/Johnson (W&M) def. Evans/Garcia (Wofford) - 8-3
Flight B Doubles
Smith/Vulovich (W&M) def. Coventry/Johnson (Wofford) - 8-2