Utah State women's tennis placed three players in finals, following a successful second day at the Wildcat Invitational No. 2 on Saturday.
In the first singles draw semifinal, freshman Sasha Pisareva had a straight-set victory over Arizona's Marie Van Aelst, winning 6-3 in the first set and dropping just one game in the second to win, 6-1. Sophomore Lucy Octave won the first set, 7-5, against New Mexico's Ruth Copas, but she lost the next two, 7-4, 7-6 (3). In the first consolation semifinals, sophomore Hannah Jones won, 7-5, 6-3, against New Mexico's Hsiang-Wen "Albie" Huang. Sophomore Rhoda Tanui lost, 6-4, 6-4, to Arizona's Maggie Cohen.
In the second singles draw semifinal, junior Jenna Kane lost, 6-4, 7-5, to New Mexico's Natasha Munday. Sophomore Sophia Haleaslost lost, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, to UTEP's Erandi Martinez. In the second consolation draw semifinal, senior Sabrina Demerath won by default against UTEP's Maria Paula Medina, while senior Maggie O'Meara lost, 6-2, 7-5, to New Mexico's Lauren Rich.
In doubles, O'Meara and Haleas had a 6-3 victory over UTEP's Medina and Milena Baigorria. O'Meara and Haleas then went on to have a perfect 6-0 win over Copas and Huang. Pisareva and Demerath lost, 7-5, to Aelst and Cohen, but they won, 6-4, against Medina and Baigorria. Jones and Kane lost, 6-3, to Arizona's Elena Schneider and Taylor Tamblyn. Jones and Kane rounded out the doubles results with a 6-1 loss to Rich and Munday.
Utah State returns to the courts in Tucson, Arizona, on Sunday for the final day of the tournament. Matches are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. MDT.
Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.