McGiffin wins parenthesis, Mertena and Tomase victorious at college ranked Spotlight +1


CARY, NC – Tenika mcgiffin winning her draw was the culmination of a terrific final day of the 2021 Spotlight +1 varsity rankings as the Tennessee women’s tennis team wrapped up its third tournament of the fall season.

“This weekend has been a very precious weekend for the team”, head coach Alison ojeda said thinking over the weekend. “Our daughters have played against some of the best competitions in the country and won 10 of the 17 games. And all 7 we lost, except one, could have gone one way or the other.”
Results are starting to show for the preparation Tennessee did this fall and that growth will continue as the fall continues on Coach Ojeda mentioned.

“Our girls can leave knowing they have spent the whole weekend improving,” Ojeda continued. “We understand what it means to be competing for every point and it’s going to pay us dividends.”

McGiffin entered the day with five straight wins and took the field against second-placed Ohio State, this time it was Sydni Ratliff. The first two sets a back-and-forth affair with each side grabbing a set, McGiffin the first 6-3, Ratliff the second, 7-6 (3). The seasoned senior remained calm as she dominated the third set 6-0 en route to her second tournament win and the first since her first year.

Rebeka Mertena shot in a solid week of play with a 3-2 record. She finished the weekend against Lucia Marzal of Ohio State, after trading the first two sets, 4-6, 6-4, No.55-ranked Mertena pulled off the tiebreaker, winning 10 -2.

Elza Tomase clinched the third win of the afternoon, clearing UCF’s Nandini Sharma 6-0, 6-2 to end the weekend 2-2.

Full results of this weekend’s action can be found below.

First day results
Double
Daevenia Achong / Eden Richardson (Miami) beat. Eleonora Molinaro/Tenika mcgiffin(UT) 6-2
Andrea Cerdan / Nicole Hammond (Mich.) Defeated. Rebeka Mertena/Elza Tomase(UT) 6-2
Eleonora Molinaro/Tenika mcgiffin(UT) def. Elaine Chervinsky / Natasha Subhash (UVA) 6-4
Marcelina Podlinska / Emma Staker (OU) defeated. Rebeka Mertena/Elza Tomase(UT) 6-1

Results of the second day
Simple
# 95 Layne Sleeth (OU) def. # 55 Rebeka Mertena(UT) 6-2, 6-2
Eden Richardson (Miami) defeated. Eleonora Molinaro(UT) 6-1, 6-2
Tenika mcgiffin(UT) def. Audrey Boch-Collins (Miami) 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Elza Tomase(UT) def. Andrea Cerdan (Michigan) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
# 55 Rebeka Mertena(UT) def. Daevina Achong (Miami) 6-2, 6-4
Hibah Shaikh (UVA) def. Eleonora Molinaro(UT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Third day results
Simple
# 48 Abigail Rencheli (NCST) defeated. # 55 Rebeka Mertena(UT) 6-3, 6-2
Tenika mcgiffin(UT) def. Snow Han (USC) 7-6 (1), 6-4
Eleonora Molinaro(UT) def. Marie Mattel (UCF) 6-3, 3-6, (10-7)
Luna Dormet (OSU) def. Elza Tomase(UT) 6-4, 6-4
Tenika mcgiffin(UT) def. Luna Dormet (OSU) 6-0, 6-1
# 55 Rebeka Mertena(UT) def. Emma Jackson (Duke) 6-2, 6-3
Nicole Hammond (MICH) def. Eleonora Molinaro(UT) 7-6, 1-6, (10-4)
Snow Han (USC) def. Elza Tomase(UT) 6-1, 6-1

Fourth day results
Double
Hibah Shaikh / Mélodie Collard (UVA) def. Tenika mcgiffin/Eleonora Molinaro(UT) 6-1
Sara Nayar / Abigail Rencheli (NCST) defeated. Rebeka Mertena/Elza Tomase(UT) 7-5

Simple
Tenika mcgiffin(UT) def. Sydni Ratliff (OSU) 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-0
# 55 Rebeka Mertena(UT) def. Lucia Marzal (OSU) 4-6, 6-4, (10-2)
Elza Tomase(UT) def. Nandini Sharma (UCF) 6-0, 6-2
Victoria Hu (PRIN) defeated. Eleonora Molinaro(UT) 6-4, 7-5


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