Knights Invitational Complete

Sept. 29, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

WINTER PARK, Fla. ( - All of the work put in during the offseason was finally put to the test this weekend as the UCF women's tennis team hosted the Knights Invitational in Winter Park.

Sunday's play used new experimental scoring changes by the ITA, which will be implemented during dual matches in January and February.

The Knights pulled out three more singles victories on day three as they battled Florida Gulf Coast. Cortney Cesarini only surrendered three games in her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Candela Munoz Giron, while Sofia Baptista also won in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-2 decision against Elizabeth Means.

Wrapping up the day, Caroline Eberhart edged Sarah Means in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

For the tournament, USF's Kayla Rizzolo took home the singles crown, while Rizzolo and Loreto Alonso-Martinez won the doubles title.

UCF will take a weekend off before getting back on the courts when it travels to Gainesville for the Bedford Cup Oct. 10-13.

Day Three Results at the Knights InvitationalDoublesKayla Rizzolo/Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Courtney Griffith/Bogna Nowicka (UCF) 6-5(5)Fanny Fracassi/Olava Garrido-Rivas (USF) def. Cortney Cesarini/Sofia Baptista (UCF) 6-3Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (USF) def. Josephine Haraldson/Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 6-4Alessandra Bonte/Hailey Grillo (USF) def. Clare Mendell/Annika Hepp (UCF) 6-4Elizabeth Means/Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Bianca Biglione/Catalina Ene (FAU) 6-2Johanna Sterkel/Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Kandis Legall/Alexa Ricci (FAU) 6-2
SinglesCaroline Eberhart (UCF) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 3-6, 6-5, 6-2Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) 6-3, 6-2Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Bogna Nowicka (UCF) 6-5, 5-6, 5-6Cortney Cesarini (UCF) def. Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1Kayla Rizzolo (USF) def. Lyndsey Boos (FAU) 6-2, 6-3Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Catalina Ene (FAU) 6-1, 6-1Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) 6-1, 6-1Olava Garrido-Rivas (USF) def. Claire-Mitchel Andrews (FAU) 6-0, 6-1Kandis Legall (FAU) def. Olga Martinez (USF) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0(10-3)Vera Bessonova (USF) def. Taylor Briggs (FAU) 6-0, 6-2Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Alexa Ricci (FAU) 6-1, 6-2Hailey Grillo (USF) def. Maria Suger (FAU) 6-0, 6-0