KU Tennis Completes Successful Day at ITA Summer Circuit

July 22, 2006

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four University of Kansas tennis players advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles draw, and two doubles tandems earned spots in Sunday’s semifinals, marking a successful day for the Jayhawks at the ITA Summer Circuit Central Region Tournament in Lawrence on Saturday.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Junior Liza Avdeeva, the top seed in the women’s bracket, easily advanced to the round-of-eight, defeating TrumanState’s Jennifer Salmon 6-0, 6-0. Also moving on were junior Lauren Hommell, the tournament’s 4th-seed, and sophomore Edina Horvath. The two will next face each other on Sunday for a spot in the semifinals.

Senior Stephanie Smith also earned a berth in the quarterfinals and will face 2nd-seeded Amanda Craddock from Georgia Tech.

Hommell and Horvath also played well in doubles action, as did Avdeeva and sophomore Yuliana Svistun, as each duo advanced to tournament’s semifinals.

Also highlighting Saturday’s action was PennState’s Ryan Berger’s victory over Minnesota’s Avery Ticer to win the men’s singles draw.

Play will resume on Sunday morning, with singles and doubles action slated to be played throughout the day at Robinson Courts. For more information on the tournament, visit www.itatennis.com