Women's tennis splits midweek matches

March 20, 2008


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's tennis team saw its seven-match winning streak come to an end as the Dolphins split a pair of matches this week.

JU (11-4) lost to Oklahoma, 6-1, on Wednesday before returning to form with a 6-1 win over Winthrop on Thursday.

"I'm glad with how we responded today after a tough match against Oklahoma," said JU head coach Shane Wood. "We're continuing to get better each time out and like how we're competing for every point."

In Wednesday's match, Tatiana Soldatova was the star in singles play. Soldatova picked up the Dolphins only point with a 6-2, 6-4 win in the No. 3 match.

Lina Xu and Lena Willi went three sets in their matches against the Sooners. Willi won the first set 6-3, but dropped the final two, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 match. Xu won the tiebreaker for the first set, 7-6, dropped the second 6-4 and lost a super tiebreak, 10-6.

Against Winthrop, the Dolphins opened by winning the doubles point in dramatic fashion. Willi teamed with Fernanda Carrero for an 8-1 win in the No. 2 match with Soldatova and Iva Jaresova winning the No. 1 match, 9-7.

In singles play, JU dominated by winning five of the six matches. Xu, Willi, Soldatova, Juliana Umeki and Carrero all won their matches, with Umeki and Carrero winning in three sets.

The Dolphins are off until March 28th when the host East Tennessee State in a battle for first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

Jacksonville 6, Winthrop 1

1. Lina Xu (JU) def. Liza Zaytsevz, 6-4, 6-4
2. Lena Willi (JU) def. Paty Coimbra, 7-5, 6-1
3. Tatiana Soldatova (JU) def. Sara Abutovic, 6-1, 6-1
4. Juliana Umeki (JU) def. Lisa Wilkinson, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
5. Larisa Bekmetova def. Iva Jaresova (JU), 7-6, 6-1
6. Fernanda Carrero (JU) def. Paula Pereira, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

1. Soldatova/Jaresova (JU) def. Zaytsevz/Coimbra, 9-7
2. Willi/Carrero (JU) def. Abutovic/Fadina, 8-1
3. Bekmetova/Wilkinson def. Umeki/Xu (JU), 9-8

Oklahoma 6, Jacksonville 1

1. Ana-Maria Constantinescu def. Lina Xu (JU), 7-6, 4-6, 10-6
2. Chelsea Orr def. Lena Willi (JU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Tatiana Soldatova (JU) def. Maria Kaleshwikova, 6-2, 6-4
4. Elena Antakova def. Juliana Umeki (JU), 6-4, 7-5
5. Christi Baxley def. Iva Jaresova (JU), 6-1, 6-3
6. Tara Eckel def. Fernanda Carrero (JU), 6-4, 6-1

1. Constantinescu/Orr def. Jaresova/Soldatova (JU), 8-0
2. Antakova/Baxley def. Willi/Carrero (JU), 8-7
3. Kalashmikova/Eckel def. Umeki/Xu (JU), 8-4