Sunday, April 27, 2014
TYLER -- It was a close match throughout, but the UT Tyler women's tennis team came back to win a 5-4 thriller over rival Texas-Dallas, claiming its sixth American Southwest Conference tournament championship in seven years.
The match came down to the matchup at No. 2 singles, as the Patriots' Amy Friesenhahn and UTD's Auvi Tran would faceoff in an epic showdown.
Friesenhahn would take a 5-3 lead, but Tran would fight back to take a 6-5 lead, before Freisenhahn forced a tie-breaker.
In the tiebreaker, the junior from Austin would win 7-4, clinching the title for the Patriots.
UT Tyler held a 2-1 lead after doubles, as the No. 1 team of Friesenhahn-Musngi won 8-2 over the Comets, while Jessica Blundell-Jennifer Payne would win 8-1.
The Patriots went up 3-1 after Payne cruised to a win at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-2, but the Comets would fight back, tying the score at 3-3.
Diana Roy would give the Comets their first lead of the match, 4-3, after winning at No. 6 singles, but Nicole Musngi would tie the score at 4-4, winning on court five.
The championship is the sixth in seven seasons for head coach Chris Bizot and the Patriots.
Friesenhahn was named tournament Most Valuable Player, while Blundell, Payne, and N. Musngi were named to the All-Tournament team.
UT Tyler will now await the seedings of the 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships, to be announced May 5.
Amy Friesenhahn, Texas-Tyler (MVP)
Jennifer Payne, Texas-Tyler
Nicole Musngi, Texas-Tyler
Jessica Blundell, Texas-Tyler
Diana Roy, Texas-Dallas
Casey Johnson, Texas-Dallas
Hannah Smith, Hardin-Simmons
AshLee Bilbo, Mary Hardin-Baylor