Gizdić, Sepulveda lead women's tennis at ITA Regional
Friday, September 27, 2013
Gizdić, Sepulveda lead women's tennis at ITA Regional
Alena Gizdić reached the quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in doubles at last weekend's ITA Southeast Regional. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Alena Gizdić reached the quarterfinals in singles and Gizdić and Angelica Sepulveda lost in the semifinals in doubles, leading the Cumberland women’s tennis team at the ITA Southeast Regional last weekend in Georgetown, Ky. The tournament is the only fall competition for the squad.

Gizdić posted a pair of singles victories, defeating Brescia University’s Jana Lidenthal, 6-3, 6-0, in the Round of 32 and Alejandra Matiz, 6-0, 6-4, before falling to Lindsey Wilson’s Alicia Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

Sepulveda won her opening-round match, 6-0, 6-1, versus Sydni Grimes from the University of the Cumberlands before dropping a 6-2, 6-3, decision to Rodriguez in the Round of 16. Four other Cumberland players lost in their first match, as Abby Wilson dropped a 6-3, 6-2, decision to Milligan College’s Celeste Carpenter (Round of 64); Frankie Jecker lost 7-6, 7-5, to Georgetown College’s Jacqueline Otis (Round of 64); Tais Lacerda Bezerra dropped a 7-6, 4-6, 10-8, decision to Georgetown’s Kelly Swanson (Round of 64); and Sandra Munoz Poletti lost 6-3, 6-3, versus Georgetown’s Emily Krick (Round of 32).

Munoz Poletti picked up the wins in the backdraw, including 8-0 against Bethel University’s Shelby Kennedy, a withdrawal versus Brescia’s Tarsilla Duck and a victory over Martin Methodist’s when he retired ahead, 5-2.

Wilson defeated Martin Methodist’s Ashlee Elkins, 8-0, before falling 8-2, to Georgetown’s Alyssa Kennedy, while Lacerda Bezerra posted an 8-4 victory over Asbury University’s Alex LoPrinzi before losing to Campbellsville’s Jenna Sallee. Sallee also defeated Jecker, 8-6.

In doubles Gizdić and Sepulveda defeated Grimes and Chanel Williams from the University of the Cumberlands, 8-0, in the Round of 16 and won 8-1 versus Milligan’s Carpenter and Sarah Rainwater before dropping an 8-5 decision to Lindsey Wilson’s Sarah Bernos and Alejandra Galvis.

Lacerda Bezerra and Jecker picked up an 8-1 win against Martin Methodist’s Elkins and Rebakah Harwell but lost 8-2 to Carpenter and Rainwater. Munoz Poletti and Wilson dropped an 8-4 decision to Milligan’s Ahmee Kelly and Caroline Morelli in the Round of 32.

SINGLES
Round of 64

Celeste Carpenter (Milligan College) def. Abby Wilson (CU), 6-3, 6-2
Jacqueline Otis (Georgetown College) def. Frankie Jecker (CU), 7-6, 7-5
Kelly Swanson (Georgetown College) def. Tais Lacerda Bezerra (CU), 7-6, 4-6, 10-8

Round of 32
Emily Krick (Georgetown College) def. Sandra Munoz Poletti (CU), 6-3, 6-3
Alena Gizdić (CU) def. Jana Lidenthal (Brescia Univ.), 6-3, 6-0
Angelica Sepulveda (CU) def. Sydni Grimes (Univ. of the Cumberlands), 6-0, 6-1

Round of 16
Alena Gizdić (CU) def. Alejandra Matiz (Brescia Univ.), 6-0, 6-4
Alicia Rodriguez (Lindsey Wilson) def. Angelica Sepulveda (CU), 6-2, 6-3

Quarterfinals
Alicia Rodriguez (Lindsey Wilson) def. Alena Gizdić (CU), 6-2, 6-1

SINGLES – BACKDRAW
Round of 32

Sandra Munoz Poletti (CU) def. Shelby Kennedy (Bethel Univ.), 8-0

Round of 16
Abby Wilson (CU) def. Ashlee Elkins (Martin Methodist), 8-0
Sandra Munoz Poletti (CU) def. Tarsilla Duck (Brescia Univ.), WD
Jenna Sallee (Campbellsville Univ.) def. Frankie Jecker (CU), 8-6
Tais Lacerda Bezerra (CU) def. Alex LoPrinzi (Asbury Univ.), 8-4

Quarterfinals
Alyssa Kennedy (Georgetown College) def. Abby Wilson (CU), 8-2
Sandra Munoz Poletti (CU) def. Viktoria Ryjak (Martin Methodist), 2-5, retired
Jenna Sallee (Campbellsville Univ.) def. Tais Lacerda Bezerra (CU), 6-2, retired

DOUBLES
Round of 32

Tais Lacerda Bezerra-Frankie Jecker (CU) def. Ashlee Elkins-Rebekah Harwell (Martin Methodist), 8-1
Ahmee Kelly-Caroline Morelli (Milligan College) def. Sandra Munoz Poletti-Abby Wilson (CU), 8-4

Round of 16
Alena Gizdic-Angelina Sepulveda (CU) def. Sydni Grimes-Chanel Williams (Univ. of the Cumberlands), 8-0
Celeste Carpenter-Sarah Rainwater (Milligan College) def. Tais Lacerda Bezerra-Frankie Jecker (CU), 8-2

Quarterfinals
Alena Gizdic-Angelina Sepulveda (CU) def. Celeste Carpenter-Sarah Rainwater (Milligan College), 8-1

Semifinals
Sarah Bernos-Alejandra Galvis (Lindsey Wilson) def. Alena Gizdic-Angelica Sepulveda (CU), 8-5