Domination In Singles Leads To Successful UB Invitational

Anna Savchenko

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's tennis team concluded the UB Invitational on Sunday with an impressive performance in singles as four Buffalo players found its way into the finals of its respective flights, including two flight champions.

Junior Chantal Martinez Blanco came away with the crown in the Singles Hot Draw, which was the top singles flight of the tournament.  She opened the weekend with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Marie Mayerova of Eastern Michigan and then defeated Maria Tritou of Syracuse, 7-5, 7-6 (1).  In the finals, she defeated Bowling Green's Paula Comella, 6-3, 6-4.

Sophomore Anna Savchenko won the Singles Blue Cheese Draw as she opened action with a bye and then defeated Ayumi Sasaki of Bowling Green, 6-4, 6-2.  She then defeated Colleen O'Brien from Toledo, 5-7, 6-0, 10-4, and in the finals she beat Nicole Mitchell of Syracuse, 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.

Two more Bulls reached the finals of their respective draws in Emel Abibula and Lolade Ogungbesan. Abibula played in the Singles Medium Draw and won her first match against Natalie Weaver from Siena, 6-1, 6-4.  She then defeated Julianne Herman of Duquesne, 6-3, 0-6, 10-7 to advance to the final where she fell 6-4, 6-4 to Ester Mesh of Syracuse.

Ogungbesan played in the Singles Mild Draw and she won her first match 7-6 (6), 6-3 against Dee Dee Leenabanchong of Toledo and her second match 6-2, 2-6, 10-4 against Laurel Shymansky of Duquesne.  She fell 6-4, 6-3 in the finals to Dina Hegab of Syracuse.

Junior Sanjana Sudhir won a pair of matches in the Singles Blue Cheese Draw, while several other Bulls recorded at least one singles victory.

In doubles action, the Bulls dominated the Doubles Hot Draw as the final, between Savchenko and Tanja Stojanovska and the duo of Martinez Blanco and Ogungbesan, took place following the weekend competition with Martinez Blanco and Ogungbesan scoring a 7-6 (8) victory.

The Bulls will return to action on Friday, October 20 as they head to Philadelphia for the ITA Northeast Regionals.