DePaul's No. 31 pair of Selma Salkovic and Gia McKnight advance to the quarterfinals of the Sooner Invitational A-Doubles Flight
Sept. 24, 2010
Friday Results & Updated Brackets
NORMAN, Okla. – DePaul’s Gia McKnight and Selma Salkovic understood that preseason rankings were judgments prior to stepping on the court and they would have to earn that ranking throughout the season – if Friday’s start is any indication, the No. 31 Blue Demon pair is off to an encouraging 2-0 start.
McKnight and Salkovic played as if they had been together for years in their first match of the Fall Sooner Invitational at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The duo cruised to an impressive, 8-0 opening round victory over Arkansas Little-Rock’s Yana Kakovkina and Rachel Pierce. McKnight and Salkovic continued to mesh well in its second match with the tandem claiming an 8-4 win over Arkansas’ Kelsey Sundaram and Jade Frampton.
Freshman Kelsey Lawson and senior Katarina Milinkovic also won their A-flight doubles match as they battled the Red Raiders’ Kelsy Garland and Samantha Adams to an 8-6 victory. The pair would slide into the consolation side of the A-flight with an 8-4 loss to No. 47 Marta Lesniak and Heather Steinbauer from SMU in the round of eight.
The Blue Demon women combined for 4-4 mark in doubles play while Milinkovic and Salkovic each won their A-flight singles match and advanced to the quarterfinals of their bracket.
Salkovic defeated OU’s Mia Lancaster on her home court by a score of 6-4, 6-3 while Milkinkovic topped Irina Paraschiv from North Texas 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8).
The Blue Demons continue action at the Sooner Fall Invitational on Saturday.
Sooner Invitational – Friday, September 24, 2010 Results
No. 31 Gia McKnight / Selma Salkovic (DePaul) def. Yana Kakovkina/Rachel Pierce, 8-0
No. 31 Gia McKnight / Selma Salkovic (DePaul) def Kelsey Sundaram/Jade Frampton (Arkansas), 8-4
Kelsey Lawson / Katarina Milinkovic (DePaul) def. Kelsy Garland/Samantha Adams (Texas Tech), 8-6
No. 47 Marta Lesniak/Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Kelsey Lawson / Katarina Milinkovic (DePaul), 8-4
Paula Dinuta/Carolina Barboza (North Texas) def. Christiana Raymond / Cali Gustafson (DePaul), 8-2
Hagvigerova/D’ortona (UTA) def. Christiana Raymond / Cali Gustafson (DePaul), 9-7
Tara Eckel/Peta Maree Lancaster (Okla) def. Samantha Kaneta (DePaul) /Valerie Brockman (Wichita State), 8-1
Samantha Kaneta (DePaul)/Valerie Brockman (Wichita State) def. Viktoriya Pluyta/Andrea Steen Rosten (UALR), 9-7
Katarina Milinkovic def. Irina Paraschiv (North Texas) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8)
Selma Salkovic def. Mia Lancaster (Okla) 6-4, 6-3
Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU) def. Gia McKnight 6-1, 6-1
Linda Aqvist (UTA) def. Christiana Raymond 6-3, 6-2
Alisa Buslaieva (Okla. State) def. Kelsey Lawson 6-3, 6-4
Monika Hagvigerova def. Cali Gustafson 6-0, 7-5
Giada D’ortona (UTA) def. Samantha Kaneta 6-0, 6-0