Knights Invitational Complete

GO KNIGHTS Caroline Eberhart went the distance in her three-set win Sunday.
Caroline Eberhart went the distance in her three-set win Sunday.

Sept. 29, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

WINTER PARK, Fla. ( - All of the work put in during the offseason was finally put to the test this weekend as the UCF women's tennis team hosted the Knights Invitational in Winter Park.

Sunday's play used new experimental scoring changes by the ITA, which will be implemented during dual matches in January and February.

The Knights pulled out three more singles victories on day three as they battled Florida Gulf Coast. Cortney Cesarini only surrendered three games in her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Candela Munoz Giron, while Sofia Baptista also won in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-2 decision against Elizabeth Means.

Wrapping up the day, Caroline Eberhart edged Sarah Means in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

For the tournament, USF's Kayla Rizzolo took home the singles crown, while Rizzolo and Loreto Alonso-Martinez won the doubles title.

UCF will take a weekend off before getting back on the courts when it travels to Gainesville for the Bedford Cup Oct. 10-13.

Day Three Results at the Knights Invitational
Kayla Rizzolo/Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Courtney Griffith/Bogna Nowicka (UCF) 6-5(5)
Fanny Fracassi/Olava Garrido-Rivas (USF) def. Cortney Cesarini/Sofia Baptista (UCF) 6-3
Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (USF) def. Josephine Haraldson/Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 6-4
Alessandra Bonte/Hailey Grillo (USF) def. Clare Mendell/Annika Hepp (UCF) 6-4
Elizabeth Means/Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Bianca Biglione/Catalina Ene (FAU) 6-2
Johanna Sterkel/Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Kandis Legall/Alexa Ricci (FAU) 6-2

Singles Caroline Eberhart (UCF) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 3-6, 6-5, 6-2 Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) 6-3, 6-2 Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Bogna Nowicka (UCF) 6-5, 5-6, 5-6 Cortney Cesarini (UCF) def. Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1 Kayla Rizzolo (USF) def. Lyndsey Boos (FAU) 6-2, 6-3 Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) def. Catalina Ene (FAU) 6-1, 6-1 Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) 6-1, 6-1 Olava Garrido-Rivas (USF) def. Claire-Mitchel Andrews (FAU) 6-0, 6-1 Kandis Legall (FAU) def. Olga Martinez (USF) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0(10-3) Vera Bessonova (USF) def. Taylor Briggs (FAU) 6-0, 6-2 Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Alexa Ricci (FAU) 6-1, 6-2 Hailey Grillo (USF) def. Maria Suger (FAU) 6-0, 6-0



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