LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. --- The Tusculum University women's tennis team competed at the rain-shortened Grizzly Open, hosted by Georgia Gwinnett College. The final rounds of the tournament were unable to be finished on Sunday due to rain.
Four Pioneer doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinal round before play was halted. The fourth-seeded team of Annie McCullough and Caitlin McCullough advanced with a 6-0 win over Camille Portalier and Kennedy Lewis of West Georgia, while Julia Lopez and Emilie Hansen also moved on by beating the unattached duo of Debora Scurt and Chiara Rebecchi by a score of 6-0.
Earning two wins for the Pioneers were the team of Martina Marras and Africa Mota, which defeated Bea Acena and Salome Sposetti of Alabama State 7-6 in the round of 32 and defeated Sydney Datillo and Sofia Guaglianone of Reinhardt 6-2 in the round of 16. Rory Church and Javiera Ortiz beat Gabbie Orlando and Kelsey Kohlmorgen of IU-Kokomo 7-6 in the first round, then moved on by default over the second-seeded team of Tereza Koplova and Yelyzaveta Velykorodna of Georgia Gwinnett.
In singles, both Annie and Caitlin McCullough advanced to the quarterfinal round before being eliminated by the top two seeds. Annie McCullough defeated Hannah Price of Carson-Newman 6-2, 7-5 in the round of 32 and won 2-6, 7-5, (10-5) in the round of 16 against Urska Velec of Alabama State. Caitlin McCullough had a 6-2, 6-1 win over Carson-Newman's Alisa Liashova in the round of 32 and defeated Maria Raich of Emmanuel 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 16.
Also winning in the round of 32 was Lopez, who beat Glauka Cavajal of Reinhardt 6-2, 6-4. In the consolation round, Hansen advanced to the semifinals with wins over Maria Popova of Alabama State (6-0, 6-1) and Reis (1-6, 6-2, 10-6), while Church had a 7-6, 6-2 win over Lewis of West Georgia in the round of 16.
Tusculum will conclude its fall schedule with competition on October 26 and 27 at both the SAC Scramble in Charlotte and the Eagle Invitational in Knoxville.
Round of 32
Julia Lopez def. Glauka Cavajal (Reinhardt) 6-2, 6-4
Caitlin McCullough def. Alisa Liashova (Carson-Newman) 6-2, 6-1
Annie McCullough def. Hannah Price (Carson-Newman) 6-2, 7-5
Yelyzaveta Velykorodna (Georgia Gwinnett) def. Martina Marras, 6-0, 6-0
(4) Madalena Andrade (Alabama State) def. Rory Church, 6-1, 6-0
Victoria Silva (Emmanuel) def. Africa Mota, 6-4, 4-1 (ret.)
Ana Carla Resende (Carson-Newman) def. Emilie Hansen, 6-3, 6-0
Consolation Round of 16
Rory Church def. Kennedy Lewis (West Georgia) 7-6, 6-2
Emilie Hansen def. Maria Popova (Alabama State) 6-0, 6-1
Camille Portalier (West Georgia) def. Martina Marras by default
Abby Reis (Carson-Newman) def. Africa Mota by default
Round of 32
Hayden Rainwater (West Georgia) def. Javiera Ortiz, 6-2, 6-0
Sofia Guaglianone (Reinhardt) def. Javiera Ortiz, 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16
(4) Annie McCullough/Caitlin McCullough def. Camille Portalier/Kennedy Lewis (West Georgia) 6-0
Martina Marras/Africa Mota def. Sydney Datillo/Sofia Guaglianone (Reinhardt) 6-2
Julia Lopez/Emilie Hansen def. Debora Scurt/Chiara Rebecchi (Unattached) 6-0
Rory Church/Javiera Ortiz def. (2) Tereza Koplova/Yelyzaveta Velykorodna (Georgia Gwinnett) by default