YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Zips freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) earned a victory in both doubles and singles play on Friday to highlight The University of Akron tennis team's first day of competition at the Youngstown Invitational at the Boardman Tennis Center.
"Today was a difficult day for us overall," head coach Brandon Padgett said. "We stepped up in flights for everyone, and had mixed results. We let leads get away from us on a few courts, which shows that we were playing at a level that we can be competitive, but it also shows that we need to work on our mental toughness more. I'm pleased with our overall play thus far, but hope that we are able to close out sets better moving forward."
Pedroso teamed with senior Shannon Newnes (Romford, London) in doubles to defeat the Niagara team of Ali Hutchinson and Sansriti Ranjan, 6-2. She also earned a victory in Flight A singles, getting the best of Toledo's Claire Aleck, 6-1, 6-4.
Newnes fell in Flight A singles to Amanda Schneider of UNOH, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8) while junior Waverly Wituski (Springboro, Ohio) dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Oakland's Samantha Galloway in Flight B singles.
Sophomore Carla Flores (Coahuila, Mexico) overpowered her first opponent Jasmin Vargas (Niagara), 6-0, 6-0 in Flight C singles before falling to Sofia Borcuti (Oakland), 7-6, 6-3. Flores and Wituski also gave up a 6-0 doubles result to UNOH's duo of Schneider and Alisa Reshetnikova.
Competition will continue tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 5) with two rounds of doubles, and two rounds of singles starting at 9 a.m.