Varsha Shiva Shankar

Women's Tennis

Doubles Team Advances to USTA-ITA Regional Consolation Final

Oct. 25, 2010

Leah Fried and Varsha Shiva Shankar of Rice won a pair of matches on Monday to advance to the consolation doubles final of the USTA-ITA Regional Championship at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco on Monday, while the Owls' two singles competitors were eliminated.

Fried and Shiva Shankar defeated a pair of doubles teams from Sam Houston State to reach the consolation finals. They dropped Anrinetta Botha and Kayla Stevenson, 8-1 on Monday morning, then came back to drop Nadio Dubyanskaya and Tatyana Postnikova by and 8-5 score to earn a spot in the finals against Haley Fournier and Lindsey Tristan of Texas Tech

Rebekka Hänle fell to face third-seeded Nazari Urbina of Texas A&M 6-3, 6-0 in the singles quarterfinals, while Jessica Jackson defeated Sheri Olivier of Texas A&M 7-5, 6-1 to reach the consolation singles semifinals, before seeing her tournament end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Daiana Negreanu of UT Arlington,

Ana Guzman and Jackson fell to Texas A&M's Stephanie Davidson and Olivier in doubles, 8-4.

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