Denver, Omaha advance to championship match

No. 1 Denver will meet up with No. 3 Omaha in The Summit League Women's Tennis Championship match Saturday.
No. 1 Denver will meet up with No. 3 Omaha in The Summit League Women's Tennis Championship match Saturday.

The Basics
Score: No. 1 Denver 4, No. 4 South Dakota 0
Records: Denver (16-5), South Dakota (7-12)
Location: Bernis Duke Tennis Center

Tulsa, Okla. –Top-seeded Denver cruised past No. 4 South Dakota 4-0, to start off the semifinals at The Summit League Women's Tennis Championship Friday morning at the Bernis Duke Tennis Center. This will be the Pioneers sixth-straight championship match

The Pioneers took an early 1-0 lead after winning two of the three doubles matches.

In singles play, Denver's momentum continued and took a 3-0 advantage over the Coyotes after Camille Verden-Anderson captured a victory over Anastasia Bondarenko 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 5 spot and Anna Riedmiller defeated Luana Stanciu 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot.

Two-time Summit League Player of the Year Bianca Mok clinched a spot in the championship match for the Pioneers after claiming the victory over Jana Lazarevic 6-4, 6-2.

The Basics
Score: No. 2 North Dakota 3, No. 3 Omaha 4
Records: North Dakota (12-11), Omaha (7-17)
Location: Bernis Duke Tennis Center


Third-seeded Omaha upsets No. 2 North Dakota 4-2 in the second semifinal match of The Summit League Women's Tennis Championship Friday afternoon. 

The Mavericks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the Fighting Hawks after winning two of the three tight doubles matches.

North Dakota answered back with a singles victory at the No. 2 spot with the Fighting Hawk's Kaede Amano defeating Janelle Wilson 6-2, 6-3. Omaha's Natalie Lorentz regained the lead after picking up a victory over Zahra Finnigan 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 3 spot.

The Fighting Hawks tied it up 2-2 with a win at the No. 6 spot in the lineup, but the Mavericks picked up momentum with a victory at No. 4 to take back the lead 3-2. UNO's Marie Kapelevich clinched Omaha's spot in the championship match when she defeated Allie Ochotorena in a hard-fought three-set match 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Up Next
No. 3 Omaha will make its first-ever appearance in the championship match against No. 1 Denver Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Bernis Duke Tennis Center.

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