NSU’s Klevisar wins singles draw of Lady Demon Invitational

Northwestern State freshman Tjasa Klevisar didn’t drop a singles set throughout the two-day Natchitoches Women’s Care Lady Demon Invitational, finishing off the Black singles draw with a win in the finals Saturday.

Klevisar handled ULM’s Brianna Gomez 6-3, 6-4, marking the third singles match in which Klevisar didn’t drop a set this weekend. Klevisar did win one set 7-6 on Friday, but cruised through the other five sets of singles play.

Teammate Ayu Ishibashi also reached the finals of her draw (White), but the freshman couldn’t solve Southern Miss’ Ebru Yazgan. Ishibashi, who won tiebreaks in each of her first two wins, fell 6-2, 6-1 to Yazgan.

Klevisar did have some championship company on the NSU squad, joined by a pair of Lady Demons who won their consolation finals Saturday.

Sophomore Gig Kanaphuet took care of Lamar’s Jacy Wong 6-4, 6-1 in the Grey singles draw.

In the Purple singles draw, freshman Rozalie Dohnalova recovered from a slow start to dispense of Southern Miss’ Sarah Medik 1-6, 6-1, 10-3.

Sophomore Viktorie Wojcikova reached the consolation finals of the White singles draw, but she couldn’t overcome Lamar’s Alba Perez 7-5, 6-3.

Two Lady Demons reached the third-place match of their respective draws, but neither had an answer for their opponent Saturday.

Minetti couldn’t hold a one-set lead to Lamar’s Elena Rodriguez, falling 3-6, 7-5, 10-6 in the Purple singles draw.

Szczygielska fell to Lamar’s Noelia Lorca 6-3, 6-1 in the Orange singles draw.

After playing one doubles match Friday, players competed in a pair of doubles matches Saturday.

Klevisar nearly added a doubles title with Minetti, reaching the finals with a 7-5 win against ULM’s Grigoriu/Hernandez. But the Southern Miss tandem of Burton/Medik took the title 6-0.

Wojcikova/Dohnalova won the third-place match 6-4 against Grigoriu/Hernandez after falling to Burton/Medik 6-3.

The duo of Szczygielska/Ishibashi captured the consolation title of the White doubles draw with wins of 7-6 (2) against Lamar’s Wong/Perez and 6-2 against Southern Miss’ Das/Yazgan.

Kanaphuet teamed up with Southeastern’s Burdett, falling to ULM’s Pereira/Garbino 6-4 before challenging Lamar’s Jolie/Rubio in a 6-4 defeat.

PHOTO: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

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