The play of Lady Flames freshmen led the way at the Elon Fall Invitational, with three underclassmen combining to capture two titles on the weekend.
The Lady Flames continued their fall season success over the weekend, with the team producing a 15-7 record on the way to two flight championships in the Elon Fall Invitational in Elon, N.C. Freshman Cameron Richard captured her first singles title, taking the Flight A2 Singles championship, while fellow freshmen Annisha Domenech and Jessie Boda paired together to earn the Flight B1 Doubles championship. Richard started her championship run, rebounding after dropping the first set for a three-set win against Natalie Collins of East Carolina, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. In similar fashion, Richard dropped her first set to Eastern Tennessee State's Karina Kedzo, 2-6, before rallying to take the final two sets 7-5, 6-3 to advance. In her third match of the event, Richard defeated host Elon's Briana Burne, 6-1, 6-2 to move on to the championship of the draw. In the final match, Richard showed once again that she can play from behind. After losing the first set 4-6 to Elon's Bryn Khoury, she captured the next two sets, 6-3, 6-4, to claim her first singles tournament title of her collegiate career. While Domenech and Boda have experienced singles success, with each of them capturing a title this fall, the freshman combo was able to team together and earn their first doubles championship, coming in the B1 flight. After opening the event with an 8-2 win over UNC Ashville's Jackie McGuirk and Chelsea Hall, they continued their run with an 8-3 win over East Carolina's Tamara Sachs and Abby Richmond. In their final match, the Flames pair faced a mixed team of Diana Navrotska of East Tennessee State and Kaylyn Smialek of Elon, and came out victorious by a score of 8-2. Also, in singles play, Valeriya Klintsevich was able to produce a 2-1 record for the Flames by defeating Heather Prior of Appalachian State, 6-3, 6-3, and Nicole Parker of Longwood, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1, before dropping her match with eventual B1 champion, Giulia Andreazza of East Tennessee State, 6-2, 6-3. The women's tennis team will have a short break from competition before finishing out their fall schedule with the ITA Indoor Regionals in Norfolk, Va., Oct. 20-23.