It was a very busy and successful weekend of play for LMU women's tennis, as the Lions sent five players to the SDSU Fall Classic, with two of them coming home having won both a singles and doubles championship. While the bulk of the team competed in San Diego, three other Lions played at the 2017 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, with two of the Lions advancing through the prequalifying rounds.
Elvira Juravliova, Eva Marie Voracek and Veronica Miroshnichenko all entered in the prequalifying for the 2017 Riviera tournament, as Voracek has reached the qualifying stages by way of three straight victories. The freshman standout knocked off TCU's Aleksandra Zenovka, 6-4, 6-1 before advancing to play Rifanty Kahfiani of Oregon. There, Voracek took down her opponent in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Now in the prequalifying final, Voracek defeated Vermont's Elena Cerezo-Codina, 6-4, 7-5. Juravliova and Miroshnichenko each fell in first-round contests.
Pulling double-duty at the ITA tournament, Voracek also partnered with Miroshnichenko, as the duo also managed to advance through the prequalifying rounds of play. The pair opened play against Boise State's Palmer/Timm, recording a convincing 8-3 victory. Continuing their strong play, the Lions topped Oparenovic/Jurasic of Arkansas, 8-2. Needing one more win to qualify for the next round of the tournament, the duo outlasted Northern Arizona's Tomasetti/Lodewijks, 8-6.
The depth of the Lion squad was on full display in San Diego, as three of the five Lion singles players reached Championship Final matches in their respective brackets. Yesica De Lucas won the gold bracket by defeating opponents from San Jose State, CSUN and Grand Canyon. Her 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 hard-fought win over GCU's Celine Buhr earned her the first-place finish.
Competing in the blue bracket, Siobhan Anderson topped an opponent from San Jose State before knocking off a pair of WCC-rivals from San Diego. Anderson defeated Daniela Morales, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, to reach the final where she knocked off fellow Torero Gemma Garcia, 6-4, 6-1.
Two of the other three Lions in singles play lost just once, as Sofiya Gaisina won the gold consolation bracket and Camila Tumosa fell in the Championship Final of the red bracket. Tumosa impressed in the final match, but ultimately fell to SDSU's Nnena Nadozie, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Following an opening-round loss to San Jose State's Clara Mantaux, Gaisina ran through opponents from UTEP and SJSU to eventually earn the consolation final win. Anna Romeka also managed a singles victory, earning a win over UTEP's Maria Paula Medina in the consolation side of the black bracket.
In doubles action, two different Lion pairs captured Championship wins. De Lucas and Tumosa partnered in the red bracket, defeating teams from San Diego, San Jose State and San Diego State to take top honors. The pair knocked off Diaz/Mulbarger of SDSU, 6-2, in the final. It was a similar fate for Anderson and Romeka, as the pair got past a duo from Grand Canyon and CSUN to meet USD's Chow/Torres in the gold bracket final. There, the Lions cruised to a 6-2 victory to take the bracket.
Voracek and Miroshnichenko will continue play at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Monday. Doubles play begins at 9 a.m. with a match against seventh-seed Eshet/Sangwan of Oregon before Voracek plays Nevada's Claudia Herrero Garcia in singles play at 12:30 p.m.
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