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Lady Red Wolves dominate in ASU tennis Invitational

Published: Monday, October 10, 2011

Updated: Monday, October 10, 2011 20:10

Nowland preparing to serve

Ashley Helliwell

Sophomore Janie Nowland prepares to serve during the ASU Invitational at Allen Park Saturday. Nowland won her second singles title of her career over Ashley Canty of Murray State.

Mariana Rong, Janie Nowland and Biljana Miloshevska each won their flights on the final day of play at the ASU Red Wolf Invitational at Allen Park on Sunday.

In all, the Red Wolves' won three first place titles and one first place double's title.

The team also took two second place finishes in singles play and a third place finish. In doubles play the team added a second and third place finish as well.

This was a successful tournament for us," ASU tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said.

I loved the way our girls competed in every match. Their desire and determination to win was great to watch today."

The top flight of the single's bracket featured an all ASU final with freshmen Mariana Rong and Tamara Slijepcevic facing one another.

Slijepcevic won the first set against her teammate but dropped the next two to give Rong a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

This was Rong's first, first-place title since joining the Red Wolves. She finished third in the top flight of the KU Invitational earlier this year.

Nowland, a native of Buda, Texas, won the second flight with a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory over Ashley Canty of Murray State.

This was Nowland's second singles title of her career.

Miloshevska also won first place in the third flight after defeating Murray State's Carla Suga 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the finals.

Ioana Teu finished second in the fourth flight after losing to Murray State's Carolyn Huerth 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in the finals.

Freshmen Jess Heeps-Erisken also finished third in the flight by defeating Central Arkansas' Allison Hartman 6-0, 6-4.

Ceara Howey finished second in the fifth flight after losing to UCA's Sasha Ruocco 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 Sunday afternoon.

The final in the top flight of the doubles draw also featured an all ASU final.

The team of Teu/Rong defeated Nowland/Miloshevska 8-5 to bring home the title.

In the second flight the pairing of Howey/Heeps-Eriksen finished third after defeating Western Kentucky 8-1 in the third-place game

The ASU tennis team will return to the courts Oct. 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla., for the Regional Tournament.

The Red Wolves will conclude their fall season Nov. 4-6 in Houston, Texas for the Houston Invitational.

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