Four Knights Stay Alive in Singles Play in Tampa

Nov. 2, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

TAMPA, Fla. ( - Opening up its final tournament of the fall, the UCF women's tennis team completed day one of the Florida State Championships Friday in Tampa. A total of four Knights advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in singles play, while two doubles teams reached the quarterfinal round.

Seeded third in the event, the doubles duo of Genevieve Lorbergs and Josephine Haraldson had a bye in the first round before topping Bethany Holt and Symone Townsend from Florida A&M, 8-4. Also earning a first-round bye, Jenna Doerfler and Clare Mendell shutout FAMU's Elysia Ortiz and Stephanie Miller, 8-0.

Four Knights took advantage of byes in singles play to deliver second-round victories Friday. Going three sets, Courtney Griffith split the first two sets with Florida Gulf Coast's Johanna Sterkel until claiming the third set super-tiebreaker, 10-6. In straight sets, Doerfler took care of business in a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over North Florida's Melanie Aguirre, Lorbergs gave up just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win vs. Ortiz and Haraldson posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory against North Florida's Taylor Hollander.

Day two of the three-day Florida State Championships gets underway Saturday in Tampa.

Day One Results from the Florida State ChampionshipsDoubles - First RoundJenna Doerfler/Clare Mendell (UCF) ByeGenevieve Lorbergs/Josephine Haraldson (UCF) ByeKatie Spivak/Sofia Baptista (UCF) ByeCourtney Griffith/Caroline Eberhart (UCF) def. Rebeca Pereira/Simona Weymar (UNF) 8-6
Doubles - Second RoundJenna Doerfler/Clare Mendell (UCF) def. Elysia Ortiz/Stephanie Miller (FAMU) 8-0Genevieve Lorbergs/Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Bethany Holt/Symone Townsend (FAMU) 8-4Daneika Borthwick/Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Katie Spivak/Sofia Baptista (UCF) 8-0Brittany Dubins/Nicolle Stracar (UM) def. Courtney Griffith/Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 8-6
Singles - First RoundKristina Sehleich (FSU) def. Sofia Baptista (UCF) 6-1, 6-4Courtney Griffith (UCF) ByeJenna Doerfler (UCF) ByeClare Mendell (UCF) def. Alessandra Bonte (USF) 6-2, 6-7(3), 1-0(10-8)Marina Cunningham (UNF) def. Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 6-4, 6-4Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) ByeRebeca Pereira (UNF) def. Katie Spivak (UCF) 6-0, 6-3Josephine Haraldson (UCF) Bye
Singles - Second RoundCourtney Griffith (UCF) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) 6-1, 1-6, 1-0(10-6)Jenna Doerfler (UCF) def. Melanie Aguirre (UNF) 6-3, 6-3Kelsey Laurenete (UM) def. Clare Mendell (UCF) 6-4, 6-0Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) def. Elysia Ortiz (FAMU) 6-0, 6-1Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Taylor Hollander (UNF) 7-5, 6-2