LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Sept. 15) - New Mexico State women's tennis junior Annemieke Witte advanced to the final of the White singles bracket on day two of the Aggie Invitational at the NM State Tennis Center Saturday.
Witte started the day by winning her singles quarterfinal match over Alicia Perez of Tarleton State. The Aggie won the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6. Set two also went extra games as Witte earned a 7-5 decision to claim the match.
She had an easier time in the semifinals against Laura Richardson of UNM. Witte only dropped three games in a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win to advance to her first singles tournament final. The Aggie will face Martina Trieweiler of UTEP in the singles final slated for 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Aggie senior co-captain Ginet Pinero also advanced to the semifinals on day two by toppling Hannah Kelley of Abilene Christian in straight sets. Pinero took the first stanza 6-4 before edging Kelley in a tiebreaker at 7-6. Pinero fell to Trieweiler in the semis. The Aggie dropped the first set in a 7-6 tiebreaker before a 6-2 setback in the second.
NM State won two of three doubles matches to begin the day. Pinero teamed up with junior Ros-Polly Nguyen for an 8-5 win over UNM to advance to the quarterfinals. Senior co-captain Jodie Williams and sophomore Denise Van Der Ben rolled into the final eight after an 8-1 victory over Tarleton State. Witte and freshman Mia Brandt came up short in extra games to Abilene Christian in a 9-7 setback in their second round match.
Nguyen and Pinero dropped their bid to the semis in an 8-4 decision to Tarleton State. Williams and Van Der Ben also fell short of the final four after an 8-3 loss to Abilene Christian.
After advancing to the singles quarterfinals on Friday, Nguyen and Van Der Ben's run to the semis was stalled. Van Der Ben fell to Richardson 6-2, 6-1 to open the day. Nguyen took the first set over Micah Hermsdorf of Abilene Christian at 6-4. Hermsdorf caught fire in the second stanza to win 6-0 before clinching the match in the third with a 6-4 set win.
"Overall I think we had another positive day," said head coach Ivan Fernandez. "We started the day pretty strong in the doubles by winning two out of three matches before losing in the quarterfinals. In the singles, I thought Pinero and Witte were solid in their quarterfinal matches. We're excited that Witte will be in the finals on Sunday."
Fans will have an opportunity to see Witte in the final on Sunday with a scheduled court time of 11:30 a.m.; admission is free. The doubles semifinals are slated to begin the final day at 9 a.m. at the Center.
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