YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The University of Akron freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) paced the Zips women's tennis team with a 3-1 record overall on Saturday, Nov. 5 during the second day of the Youngstown State Invitational held at the Boardman Tennis Center.
"Today was a much better day for us overall," head coach Brandon Padgett said. "From a singles standpoint, we played excellent across the board. Rita played strong tennis falling in the semifinals of the A flight, and I'm excited to see her play for third place tomorrow."
Pedroso defeated Sofia Macias of Youngstown, 6-4, 6-4 before falling in a tight semifinal round to UNOH's Alisa Reshetnikova, 7‐6 (4), 4‐6, 10‐6.
Pedroso paired with senior Shannon Newnes (Romford, London) to claim a 6-4 victory over YSU's Macias and Dominika Lackova. The duo then overpowered Dana Huck and Priscila Nunez of Olivet Nazarene, 6-2, to advance to the doubles final.
Newnes dropped a Flight A singles decision to the Penguins Noelly Nsimba, 6-3, 6-3 but bounced back with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph against Niagara's Shannon Wong.
Junior Waverly Wituski (Springboro, Ohio) took a 5‐7, 6‐1, 10‐5 command over to UNOH's Ana Lacerda before beating Raquel Marques, 7‐6 (5), 6‐4, in Flight B singles.
Sophomore Carla Flores (Coahuila, Mexico) captured a 6-3, 6-1 win versus Whitney Vispoel of UNOH in Flight C singles before notching her second victory of the day against Elisa Eckman (YSU), 6-1, 6-4.
"Shannon and Rita will play in the doubles final, and I'm very pleased with how they have competed the entire weekend together," Padgett finished. "Carla and Waverly came away with two strong performances in singles today, and I am happy with the composure both showed."
Competition will conclude tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 6) with one round of doubles, and one round of singles starting at 8:15 a.m.