Sept. 27, 2013
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – UAB women's tennis completed an impressive first day at the Steve Baras Fall Classic, going undefeated in doubles play and picking up four singles' wins.
Leading the Blazers in the top singles draw was junior Rachel Daniell, who battled for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory against Kennesaw State's Alexandra Apostu.
Meanwhile, teammate and Blazer senior Caroline Faught took a 6-0, 7-6 win over Eastern Kentucky's Saioa Oscoz in the No. 2 draw, while freshman Paula Castro picked up a dominating 6-2, 6-4 triumph against Melissa Kromer from Lipscomb.
"Overall, I thought we competed very well today," head coach Lisa Jackson said. "It was good to see the freshmen do well against good competition. We look forward to going back out tomorrow and building on what we did today."
Freshman Catherine Ragon rounded out the string of Blazer singles' wins with a straight-set 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jovana Pecovski in the No. 5 draw.
In doubles, UAB was strong with wins at each position. Castro and Faught led the Blazer charge with an 8-1 win over Lee University's Tonya McGraner and Maclain Yowarsky, while Daniell teamed with sophomore Elaine Simon for an 8-6 victory over Andrea Eskauriatza and Carla Suga from Murray State.
Ragon and junior Sarah Witkowski then knocked off Sarah Candeloro and Katie McCall from UT Martin, 8-5, before UAB freshman Giovanna Baccarini and sophomore Amy Lowther downed Lee's Jodie Rice and Christy North, 8-2, in the No. 3 doubles draw.
UAB will be back in action at 7 a.m. CT Saturday morning.
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Steve Baras Fall Classic Day One Results
Rachel Daniell (UAB) def. Alexandra Apostu (KSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Caroline Faught (UAB) def. Saioa Oscoz (EKU) 6-0, 7-6
Paula Castro (UAB) def. Melissa Kromer (Lipscomb) 6-2, 6-4
Milena Poffo (EKU) def. Amy Lowther (UAB) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Megan Blue (Murray State) def. Giovanna Baccarini (UAB) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (3)
Isabela Castro (KSU) def. Elaine Simon (UAB) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Catherine Ragon (UAB) def. Jovana Pecovski (UTC) 6-3, 6-4
Castro/Faught (UAB) def. Tonya McGraner/Maclain Yowarsky (Lee) 8-1
Daniell/Simon (UAB) def. Andrea Eskauriatza/Carla Suga (MSU) 8-6
Witkowski/Ragon (UAB) def. Sarah Candeloro/Katie McCall (UTM) 8-5
Baccarini/Lowther (UAB) def. Jodie Rice/Christy North (Lee) 8-2