Sept. 19, 2010
MIDLAND - Rice University's Ana Guzman and Dominique Harmath had their runs come to an end during the semifinals of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational here Sunday.
Guzman, who had defeated the tournament's No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Tuilsa's Jo-Anne Karaitiana on Sunday. Harmath, a freshman competing in her first collegiate tournament who defeated the tournament's No. 5 seed on Saturday, suffered a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 loss to Abilene Christian's Julia Mongin in the other semifinal Sunday.
"Ana and Dominique both had nice runs into the semis," said Rice coach Elizabeth Schmidt. "Not only were they able to pick up some ranked wins, but they also did an excellent job implementing what they have been working on in practice."
In the back draw, Rice senior Jessica Jackson suffered a 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss to Penn State's Petra Janoskova in the consolation semifinals Sunday.
"Overall, this tournament was a solid start to our season," Schmidt said. "It is always great to have so many players in the tournament on the final day and we definitely saw some things that we need to continue to work on as individuals and as a team.
Also on Sunday, the 2010 Islanders Open hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got into full swing after a rain-shortened first day.
Rice freshman Kimberly Anicete advanced in singles play and teamed with Varsha Shankar to win in doubles.
Anicete defeated Texas A&M's Mia Matuszak 6-2, 6-3 and will face Houston's Maja Kazimieruk in the quarterfinals. Ancinete and Shankar defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Filmalter and Garza 8-2.
Also in singles play, Shankar lost to Houston's Giorgia Pozzan 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) on Sunday.
The Islanders Open continues Monday.