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Lindsey Wilson Women’s Tennis Upsets Point Loma Nazarene 5-2 in NAIA Second Round

Laura Verara won twice on Wednesday, including the decisive singles point.
The Blue Raiders provided the tournament’s only upset with Wednesday’s win.

NAIA Women’s Tennis Championship Central


MOBILE, Ala. — Eleventh-seeded Lindsey Wilson College provided the first upset of the 2012 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championships today with a 5-2 win over No. 6-seed Point Loma Nazarene University at the Mobile Tennis Center.

The Blue Raiders (17-3) advance to play third-seeded Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University at 9 a.m. CT on Thursday, May 17 in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

Lindsey Wilson never trailed in the team match as the Blue Raiders won two of the three doubles points in the match.

The top-seeded tandem of Trina Slapeka and Slavica Milanovic dismissed Maika Adair and Hope Penner 8-4 to secure the Blue Raiders first point. With the win, Slapeka and Milanovic — ranked No. 7 in the NAIA in doubles — improve to 18-2 this season.

Diana Gerlakh and Laura Vergara improved to 16-3 on the season as the duo doubled the Lindsey Wilson lead following their 8-6 win over Kiersten Steinhauer and Jessica Kwan in the second-seeded match.

Point Loma Nazarene scored its first point of the championships — the Sea Lions had an opening round bye as one of the top eight seeds — in the third-seeded doubles match. Wileen Chiu and Sharon Reibstein beat Lindsey Wilson’s Anna Gaprindashvili and Rocio Cardo 8-6 to end the doubles play with the Blue Raiders leading 2-1.

In singles, the Blue Raiders continued their strong play as Slapeka beat Adair 6-0, 6-1 in a nationally ranked battle. Slapeka — ranked No. 8 in NAIA singles — improved her singles record to 16-2 this season with the win over No. 28-ranked Adair.

The win pushed the Lindsey Wilson lead to 3-1.

The Sea Lions once again closed within a single team point as Steinhauer handed Gerlakh just her fourth loss — in 19 matches — of the season with a 6-1, 6-1 win to cut the Lindsey Wilson lead to 3-2.

But that would be as close as Point Loma Nazarene would get as Lindsey Wilson closed out the match with back-to-back wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.

Milanovic captured the fourth LWC point with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kwan and Vergara closed out the second round win with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over Penner to give the Blue Raiders the 5-2 win.

The remaining two matches were halted once Lindsey Wilson reached the five necessary points to advance.

Lindsey Wilson is the lowest remaining seed in the 24-team tournament and the only team to have two wins in the tournament.

The Blue Raiders are one win away from the program’s fifth national semifinal and first since the 2009 tournament. Embry-Riddle is in search of its second straight semifinal appearance.

Thursday’s match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT at the Mobile Tennis Center.


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