Doubles Duo of Carati, Hunter Remain Alive for UCF Women's Tennis

Oct. 20, 2006

Tuscaloosa, Ala. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Due to poor weather Thursday, most of the UCF women's tennis team stepped onto the courts for the first team at the ITA Southern Regionals Friday, which is being hosted by Alabama. Senior Megan Hunter (Poquoson, Va.) and junior Jennifer Carati (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) won their doubles match and advanced to the quarterfinals by way of a bye in the second round of the B draw. Freshman Zoe Kent (Valrico, Fla.) also will stick around Saturday thanks to a first-round win in the consolation B singles bracket.

Hunter and Carati cruised past Florida A&M's Samaria Bailey and Sara Brinkley, 8-1, in round one. They are set to take on Shelley Godwin and Bianca Svensson of Alabama in the quarters.

Kent dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Annabelle Bares of Troy in the B singles first round, but escaped the opening round of the consolation draw. The UCF freshman defeated North Florida's Robin Rogers, 6-4, 6-1, and meets Jacksonville's Lena Willi in the second round.

After a three-set victory in her opening match of the A singles draw Thursday, sophomore Elvira Serrot (Madrid, Spain) suffered a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Florida State's Carolin Walter, who entered the weekend ranked No. 64 in the country. Carati, Hunter and sophomore Kenza Belbacha (Casablanca, Morocco) all won their first round singles matches in B singles, but could not advance following a loss in the next round.

Action at the ITA Southern Regionals continues Saturday, while Sunday marks the final day of the tournament. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights, tickets or apparel log on to www.ucfathletics.com - the official site for UCF athletics.

UCF Results at the ITA Southern Championships
A Singles
Second Round
(10) Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Elvira Serrot (UCF) 6-0, 6-1

A Singles Consolation
First Round
Gino Sabatino (Miami) def. Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) 6-2, 6-1

B Singles
First Round
Jennifer Carati (UCF) def. Fabiana Gouivia (Troy) 6-2, 6-3
Annabelle Bares (Troy) def. Zoe Kent (UCF) 6-2, 6-2
Megan Hunter (UCF) def. Florencia Torres (UNF) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Kenza Belbacha (UCF) def. Carolina Jounia (Troy) 6-4, 6-2
Miranda Foley (FSU) def. Becky Gordon (UCF) 6-3, 6-0

B Singles
Second Round
Samrin Tanzeem (UAB) def. Jennifer Carati (UCF) 6-1, 6-1
Jil Hasternath (Auburn) def. Megan Hunter (UCF) 6-2, 6-1
Suzi Mansour (FSU) def. Kenza Belbacha (UCF) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4

B Singles Consolation
First Round
Zoe Kent (UCF) def. Robin Rogers (UNF) 6-4, 6-1
Kiara Powell (BCC) def. Becky Gordon (UCF) 7-6(3), 7-5

A Doubles
First Round
(6) Monika Dancevic/Darya Ivanov (Georgia) def. Elvira Serrot/Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) 8-6

B Doubles
First Round
Jennifer Carati/Megan Hunter (UCF) def. Samaria Bailey/Sara Brinkley (FAMU) 8-1
Kenza Belbacha/Becky Gordon (UCF) def. Paulina Bigos/Nicole Briceno (Alabama) 8-6

B Doubles
Second Round
Jennifer Carati/Megan Hunter (UCF) advances due to a bye
(2) Miranda Foley/Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Kenza Belbacha/Becky Gordon (UCF) 8-3