Redecsi and Salkovic Claim Doubles Championship at the Rice Tennis Classic
HOUSTON - The No. 31 doubles pair of Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic defeated No. 13 Marta Lesniak and Alesksandra Malyarchikova from SMU to claim the first doubles flight championship. In singles action the Blue Demons tallied six wins in seven matches during day two of the Rice Tennis Classic at Jake Hess Stadium.
Redecsi and Salkovic started the day with a dramatic 8-4 win over the No. 13 doubles pair in the country. Saturday's win was a rematch for the two doubles pairs. Last season Redecsi and Salkovic met Lesniak and Malyarchikova in Dallas at SMU's home courts and were narrowly brought down by the then-No. 42 ranked tandem. With higher rankings on the line, Redecsi and Salkovic got their redemption and evened the series with the SMU tandem at 1-1.
In doubles consolation play, Gia McKnight and Katarina Milinkovic topped LSU's Whitney Wolf and Keri Frankenberger, 9-7 for third place in the second doubles flight. Kirsten Gambrell and Sandra Zmak also took home third place honors after they defeated Abi Liu and Carlene Leyden from Texas, 8-3.
Three Blue Demons will play for their respective flight's championship on Sunday. In the third flight, Milinkovic advanced to the championship round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Pavi Francis from SMU. Milinkovic faces Jessica Jackson from Rice on Sunday.
After taking the double's crown Salkovic continued to play well and advanced to the championship of the fourth flight with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Tulane's Emma Helisten. Salkovic tangles with Alex Rasch from Rice for the flight championship.
In the fifth flight, Zmak handed Katherina Micochova from Texas-Arlington a 6-3, 6-1 loss and will play Becca Lin from Rice for the Championship crown.
In consolation play, Redecsi topped Michaela Silva from UTSA 6-4, 7-6 in the first flight while Gambrell defeated Claudia Hidalgo 6-3, 6-0 from SMU in flight six action. Cali Gustafson rounded out DePaul's victories with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Mariana Perez of Texas State.