DES MOINES, Iowa – The Omaha women’s tennis team kicked off its fall schedule over the weekend, traveling to the three-day Drake Fall Invitational.
Freshman Emily Behling narrowly dropped her first match 6-3, 7-5 to South Dakota’s Maria Pandya to open competition, then stormed back to win the consolation bracket in “C” flight singles. She began consolation play with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Upper Iowa’s Jemina Linn Sorman, followed by a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 10-8 victory over Courtney Schulte of Northern Colorado. Behling then outlasted Yuliya Sidenko of South Dakota, 5-2 (ret) to close the weekend.
Freshman Rylee Tucker won a pair of matches in “B” flight singles, opening with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Northern Colorado’s Anna Battersby. Tucker then earned a 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Wichita State’s Marija Mastilovic before a 5-7, 1-6 semifinal loss to Northern Iowa’s Astrid Santos.
Sophomore Hannah Hills also picked up a win in “D” flight singles, defeating Upper Iowa’s Breanna Heichert, 6-1, 6-2, while junior Kenzie Hill defeated Upper Iowa’s Kelly Jachymowski 6-2, 6-0 in the “C” flight. In the “A” singles consolation bracket, junior Michelle Lo earned a 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 win over Marissa Baca of Northern Colorado.
One the doubles side, Lo and sophomore Kylie Boyer won their first match in the “A” flight, defeating North Dakota’s Mimi Yunker and Ella Hassall, 8-5. In the “B” flight, Hill and sophomore Janelle Wilson won their first match, 8-3 over Merle Vagt and Pandya of South Dakota. The “A” doubles consolation bracket saw Tucker and Behling pick up a 8-2 victory over Jemina Linn Sorman and Isabella Sella of Upper Iowa.
“This was a very solid weekend for the ladies," head coach Adam Summitt said. "They all had great, competitive matches. I was able to learn a lot about our team and at the same time a lot about our opponents, who we will see in the spring.
"Overall, I'm proud of the way everyone fought and competed in their matches. We will get back after it on Tuesday after a much needed day of rest.”
Omaha returns to action Sept. 22-25, heading to Minneapolis, Minn. to compete in the Gopher Invite.