Tunaru Wins in Straight Sets at the Virginia Invitational



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- University of Alabama freshman Alice Tunaru earned her first victory of the 2007 women’s tennis season today at the Virginia Invitational. 

Tunaru defeated Virginia’s Jessica Pregg 6-2, 6-1 in the Flight H singles. With the win, the freshman improved to 7-7 and earned 1 point in her flight going into tomorrow’s match.

“Alice played well today, she had a solid match” stated head coach Jenny Mainz. “As a team, we gained valuable match experience that will help us throughout the season.  Tomorrow we have to establish ourselves earlier in matches and create a better court presence from the beginning but overall, I think we competed well.”

Senior Mari Muller competed in the top flight of the tournament losing to Brintney Larson of Virginia, 6-3, 6-2.

Sophomores Sofia Ayala and Shelley Godwin lost in straight sets in their respective flights in their first matches of the spring season. Ayala lost to Virginia’s Jennifer Stevens, 6-2, 6-2, and Godwin lost to Kristin McVitty of Virginia, 6-0, 6-4.

Freshmen, Nicole Briceno, Paulina Bigos and Bianca Svensson, lost in straight sets the first day. Briceno lost to Virginia’s Maggie Yahner, 6-3, 6-2, and Bigos lost to Purdue’s Lauren Shumate, 6-0, 6-1. Svensson lost to Virginia’s Caroline Hammond, 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles, Tide head coach Jenny Mainz tried out new combonations for her young squad. Mari Muller and Nicole Briceno teamed up in the top flight against Virginia’s Brintney Larson and Maggie Yahner, losing 8-3.

The team of Sofia Ayala and Andrea Brenes lost to Virginia’s Kristin McVitty and Jennifer Stevens, 8-3. Shelley Godwin and Bianca Svensson lost to Lara Alexander and Caroline Hammond of Virginia, 8-1 and the freshman duo of Paulina Bigos and Alice Tunaru lost to Purdue’s Cidgem Duru and Lauren Shumate, 8-3.

The tournament will continue tomorrow with matches starting at 10 a.m. (ET) at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

Brintney Larzon (UVA) def. Mari Muller (UA) 6-3, 6-2
Jennifer Stevens (UVA) def. Sofia Ayala (UA) 6-2, 6-2
Kristin McVitty (UVA) def. Shelley Godwin (UA) 6-0, 6-4
Maggie Yahner (UVA) def. Nicole Briceno (UA) 6-3, 6-2
Lindsey Pereira (UVA) def. Andrea Brenes (UA) 6-0, 6-3
Caroline Hammond (UVA) def. Bianca Svensson (UA) 6-1, 6-3
Lauren Shumate (Purdue) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 6-0, 6-1
Alice Tunaru (UA) def. Jessica Preeg (UVA) 6-2, 6-1

Larson/Yahner (UVA) def. Muller/Briceno (UA) 8-3
McVitty/Stevens (UVA) def. Ayala/Brenes (UA) 8-3
Alexander/Hammond (UVA) def. Godwin/Svensson (UA) 8-1
Duru/Shumate (Purdue) def. Bigos/Tunaru (UA) 8-3