Yakimchenkova, Hunter, Kent Claim Singles Titles a

Jan. 21, 2007

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Sunday capped off an impressive weekend on the tennis courts for the UCF women's program. In the third and final day of the UCF Invitational, three Golden Knights earned singles titles by going 3-0 for the tournament, which marked the beginning of the spring season for the Black and Gold.

Doubles teams were the first to take the courts, and UCF's three duos combined to give up just four games. At Flight A, sophomore Elvira Serrot (Madrid, Spain) and junior Anna Yakimchenkova (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) cruised by Georgia State's Dariana Kozmina and Martina Nitkova, 8-4. Meanwhile, the tandems of senior Megan Hunter (Poquoson, Va.) and sophomore Kenza Belbacha (Casablanca, Morocco) and senior Becky Gordon (Tampa, Fla.) and junior Jennifer Carati (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) did not surrender a single game en route to their respective victories at Flights B and C.

In singles, Yakimchenkova, Hunter and freshman Zoe Kent (Valrico, Fla.) came into the day at 2-0 for the tournament and each posted straight-set wins Sunday. Yakimchenkova grabbed the crown in Flight C with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over GSU's Rachel Malina. Hunter had a tough time in the first set in Flight E against GSU's Mateja Podgorsek, but still came away with a 7-6(9), 6-1 win. And Kent dominated for the third-straight day, dropping GSU's Kiera Strickland at Flight G, 6-0, 6-0. For the weekend, Kent never lost a set and allowed her opponents to win only eight games.

In Flight F, Gordon bounced back after suffering a loss on day one. After a two-set victory Saturday, Gordon eased past Brittany Smith of Georgia State, 6-1, 6-2. The senior captain finished at 2-1 for the event.

Although Flight H was not played Sunday, junior Kyla McNicol (Winnipeg, Man.) recorded two victories during the first two days to secure first place.

UCF will open dual-match play Jan. 27 when it travels to No. 2 Florida at 1 p.m. 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 from Day Three of the UCF Invitational
Flight A Serrot/Yakimchenkova (UCF) def. Kozmina/Nitkova (GSU) 8-4
Flight B Hunter/Belbacha (UCF) def. Molina/Stahl-Johansson (GSU) 8-0
Flight C Gordon/Carati (UCF) def. Strickland/Smith (GSU) 8-0

Flight A Dariana Kozmina (GSU) def. Elvira Serrot (UCF) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0(10-8)
Flight B Martina Nitkova (GSU) def. Kenza Belbacha (UCF) 6-1, 6-4
Flight C Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) def. Rachel Malina (GSU) 6-4, 6-2
Flight D Emma Stahl-Johansson (GSU) def. Jennifer Carati (UCF) default
Flight E Megan Hunter (UCF) def. Mateja Podgorsek (GSU) 7-6(9), 6-1
Flight F Becky Gordon (UCF) def. Brittany Smith (GSU) 6-1, 6-2
Flight G Zoe Kent (UCF) def. Kiera Strickland (GSU) 6-0, 6-0
Exhibition Kyla McNicol (UCF) def. Emma Stahl-Johansson (GSU) 6-0, 6-0

Morning Session Results
Flight A Veverkova/Kuervers (AUM) def. Bloczynska/Kulaif (UTEP) 9-8(5)
Flight B Palider/Samantha Attard (UTEP) def. Dadakhodjaeva/Zuzulova (AUM) 9-7
Flight C Lysak/Pillay (AUM) def. Deluca/Chatagner (UTEP) 8-2

Flight A Kamila Dadakhodjaeva (AUM) def. Weronika Bloczynska (UTEP) 7-6, Ret.
Flight B Tereza Veverkova (AUM) def. Isabela Kulaif (UTEP) 6-2, 7-5
Flight C Hannah Kuervers (AUM) def. Marina Deluca (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
Flight D Dominika Zuzulova (AUM) def. Katherine Palider (UTEP) 6-2, 7-6(1)
Flight E Nadia Lysak (AUM) def. Harmonie Chatagner (UTEP) 6-2, 6-3
Flight F Yudeshnee Pillay (AUM) def. Megan Pritchard (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4
Flight G Nilsa Ramirez (UTEP) def. Rachel Dunlavy (AUM) 6-1, 6-1

Overall ResultsDoubles - Flight A1) Tereza Veverkova/Hannah Kuervers (AUM) 3-02) Elvira Serrot/Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) 2-13) Dariana Kozmina/Martina Nitkova (GSU) 1-24) Weronika Bloczynska/Isabela Kulaif (UTEP) 0-3
Doubles - Flight B1) Katherine Palider/Samantha Attard (UTEP) 2-12) Kamila Dadakhodjaeva/Dominika Zuzulova (AUM) 2-13) Kenza Belbacha/Megan Hunter (UCF) 1-24) Rachel Malina/Emma Stahl-Johansson (GSU) 1-2
Doubles - Flight C1) Nadia Lysak/Yudeshnee Pillay (AUM) 3-02) Marina Deluca/Harmonie Chatagner (UTEP) 2-13) Becky Gordon/Jennifer Carati (UCF) 1-24) Brittany Smith/Kiera Strickland (GSU) 0-3
Doubles - Flight D1) Zoe Kent/Kyla McNicol (UCF) 1-02) Megan Pritchard/Nilsa Ramirez (UTEP) 0-1
Singles - Flight A1) Kamila Dadakhodjaeva (AUM) 2-12) Weronika Bloczynska (UTEP) 2-13) Dariana Kozmina (GSU) 1-24) Elvira Serrot (UCF) 1-2
Singles - Flight B1) Tereza Veverkova (AUM) 3-02) Martina Nitkova (GSU) 2-13) Kenza Belbacha (UCF) 1-24) Isabela Kulaif (UTEP) 0-3
Singles - Flight C1) Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) 3-02) Marina Deluca (UTEP) 2-13) Rachel Malina (GSU) 1-24) Hannah Kuervers (AUM) 1-2
Singles - Flight D1) Dominika Zuzulova (AUM) 3-02) Katherine Palider (UTEP) 2-13) Emma Stahl-Johansson (GSU) 1-24) Jennifer Carati (UCF) 0-3
Singles - Flight E1) Megan Hunter (UCF) 3-02) Nadia Lysak (AUM) 2-13) Mateja Podgorsek (GSU) 1-24) Harmonie Chatagner (UTEP) 0-3
Singles - Flight F1) Yudeshnee Pillay (AUM) 3-02) Becky Gordon (UCF) 2-13) Megan Pritchard (UTEP) 1-24) Brittany Smith (GSU) 0-3
Singles - Flight G1) Zoe Kent (UCF) 3-02) Kiera Strickland (GSU) 2-13) Nilsa Ramirez (UTEP) 1-24) Rachel Dunlavy (AUM) 0-3
Singles - Flight H1) Kyla McNicol (UCF) 2-02) Amber Brightly (UTEP) 0-12) Rachel Dunlavy (AUM) 0-1