Friday, September 23, 2016
ABILENE – Lauren Kuhn, Alexis Arrieta and Tori Musngi each won a pair of singles matches and advanced at the ITA Regional Championships on Friday where they are now in the round of 16 which will take place on Saturday. Musngi and Arrieta also advanced to the quarterfinal after taking two doubles matches in their first competition as Patriot partners.
Arrieta is the highest seeded Patriot in the field at No. 5 and eased to a 6-0, 6-0 first-round win over Grace Ortiz (Austin College) before taking a 6-4, 6-3 win over Merideth Jackson (Trinity) to advance. A junior from Georgetown, Arrieta is in her first semester at UT Tyler after transferring from Midwestern State where she went 7-4 in singles play last year as a sophomore. She will play Shayne Cook (HSU) on Saturday.
Musngi is seeded 12th in the ITA regional singles and made quick work of both of her opponents. She took a 6-0, 6-0 win over Karlee Hart (Ozarks) and then another 6-0, 6-0 win over Bree Brosig (McMurry). A senior from Rockwall, Musngi has 45 career singles victories as a Patriot. Kuhn is seeded 16th this week in Abilene and knocked off No. 11 Megan Hawkins of Southwestern by a scored of 6-3, 7-5 in the first round. Kuhn would then take a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 win over Jenna Smith (HSU) to advance. A sophomore from Carrollton, she was 13-6 in singles play and 22-1 in doubles last year as a freshman.
Victoria Kniffen, Emily Danielson, Nancy Perez, Savannah Seely and Alexandra McKissick were unable to advance out of the first round on Friday. Perez took a 7-6, 6-2 win in the A Consolation.
In doubles action, Arrieta and Musngi partnered for the first time and are on to the second day after earning an 8-4 win over a team from HSU and then took an 8-6 decision over Duncan/Denike of Trinity. Arrieta and Musngi will play ASC rivals Bramlett/Schneck on Saturday in the third round of doubles play. Kniffen and Seely fell in the first round 8-6, while Perez and Danielson took an 8-3 loss.