Garcia, Wise lead successful first day for Northwestern State at ITA Southern Regional

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Sofi Garcia advances to the qualifying final in singles and to the quarterfinals in doubles on the first day at the ITA Southern Regional. CREDIT: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services

Jonathon Zenk | NSU
Sofi Garcia and Paige Wise advanced to the final of the qualifying round, headlining a successful day on the first day of the ITA Southern Regional on Thursday on the campus of LSU.

Three of the four players won at least one of their qualifying matches.

Each player won both of their first two matches with three coming in sweeps.

“It was a good first day for the Lady Demons today,” NSU women’s tennis coach Jonas Brobeck said. “Overall, the process was very good and we played on our terms in important aspects of our singles matches.”

Wise, a sophomore from Ballito, South Africa, swept her way to the final qualifying round, earning a first-round victory 6-2, 6-4, over Mississippi State’s Maddie McKee before dispatching Tulane’s Cora Barber 6-3, 6-2.

Garcia, a freshman from Buenos Aires, Argentina, joined Wise in the final of the qualifying round. She narrowly defeated Noemie Piquet of Nicholls, winning 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. Garcia followed that up with a dominant 6-0, 6-2 victory against Jacksonville State’s Irene Artigas Taberner.

The duo of Garcia and Wise also showed their might in doubles, winning a tight match against fellow Southland Conference foes from McNeese, Ariane Monlleo Sanchis and Natalia Mora Ballo. The Lady Demons emerged with an 8-7 (7-4) victory to advance to the quarterfinals.

Gig Kanaphuet knocked off Alabama’s Sydney Orefice in straight sets in singles, 6-4, 6-3, before falling in the second round to South Alabama’s Tereza Dejnozkova, who had a bye in the first round, 6-1, 6-2.

Renske Ubachs dropped her lone singles match in a super tiebreaker to Alabama’s Rebeka Kern, 6-2, 2-6, 10-5.

Kanaphuet and Ubachs fell in doubles in a tight match to the New Orleans tandem of Raluca Puscas and Diane Bredberg Canizares 8-6.

“Moving forward we need to set the tone early in doubles and be comfortable playing “Demon Doubles,” Brobeck said. “Let’s get better again tomorrow.”

Friday’s action will consist of one round of singles qualifying, two rounds of the singles main draw and two rounds of main draw doubles.