WACO, Texas ?- The Wildcat women’s tennis team has now seen all three of its players lose in the Women’s Open Singles bracket of the Baylor Invitational. In addition, the top-ranked duo of seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar were upset in the quarterfinal round of doubles play.
Mlakar, the lone Wildcat still alive in Open bracket play this morning, lost to Daniela Muscolino 6-2, 5-7, 7-6. Mlakar, the No. 9 seed of the tournament, had defeated Muscolino’s Tulsa teammate Santie Delport in the second round, following a first round bye.
Hollands and Mlakar lost to Georgia Tech’s Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio 8-5 in the quarterfinal round. Their loss comes just eight days after being ranked the No. 1 doubles pair in the nation, according to ITA.
Hollands, who had lost to Miller in the second round of singles play, defeated Kindsay Grimes of Tulsa 6-1, 6-0 in their Gold Draw Back quarterfinal match. Hollands will next face Baylor’s Iva Mihaylova in the semifinal match Sunday morning.
Junior Stephanie Balzert, who transferred from Baylor this fall, recovered from yesterday’s first round loss in singles play, with two victories in the Green Back Draw. Balzert defeated Jenny Langer of SMU by virtue of Langer’s injury in the Round of 16. Following the victory by default, Balzert played to her first victory as a Wildcat, defeating Tulsa’s Carla Zabaleta 6-1, 6-1. Balzert will now face Lindsey Stauss of Georgia Tech in the semifinals of her bracket.
Tournament play will conclude Sunday Sept. 19.
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Women's Open Singles (Round of 16)
(3) Daniela Muscolino (Tulsa) def. (9) Maja Mlakar (UA) 6-2; 5-7; 7-6
Women's Open Doubles (Quarterfinals)
Kristi Miller/Alison Silverio (GT) def. (1) Dianne Hollands/Majar Mlakar (UA) 8-5
Gold Back Draw (Quarterfinal)
Dianne Hollands (UA) def. Kindsay Grimes (Tulsa) 6-1; 6-0
Green Back Draw (Round of 16)
Stephanie Balzert (UA) def. Jenny Langer (SMU) Wo (inj)
Green Back Draw (Quarterfinals)
Stephanie Balzert (UA) def. Carla Zabaleta (Tulsa) 6-1; 6-1