Senior Day Success for Women's Tennis
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Seniors, Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen ended their regular season careers at home for Southern Miss women’s tennis with a 6-1 win on Friday against William Carey.
The duo collected their 13th doubles win of the season after an easy 6-1 victory on court 1. The seniors have 68 career doubles wins and have never played with another partner in their four years as a Golden Eagle.
“That was the most emotional part of the day because we’ve been playing together for so long and to get our last win together on our home courts was the best part of it all,” Kitchen said.
The Golden Eagles won the doubles point after Rikeetha Pereira and Elena Roca won 6-3 on court 2.
Kitchen won her 12th match of the season increasing her career wins to 78, the Southern Miss record for career singles wins. Kitchen’s win put the Golden Eagles ahead 3-0 after Roca defeated her opponent after a quick 6-1, 6-1 win on court 6.
Pereira dropped the only match for the Golden Eagles on court 4 but Tzu-Hui Chen clinched the match after a 7-5, 6-0 win on court 4. Drescher’s 6-0, 6-4 win now gives her 66 career wins in singles play.
“I’m happy for every moment I spent here and I couldn’t imagine playing with anyone else,” Drescher said.
Tjasa Jerse finished the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win. The Golden Eagles improve to 14-7 on the season.
1. Alex Kitchen/Carolin Drescher (USM) def. Aleksandra Greta/Jelena Djordan (WC) 6-1
2. Elena Roca/Rikeetha Pereira (USM) def. Wendy Barsotti/Natalia Baliaeva (WC) 6-3
3. Tzu-Hui Chen/Tjasa Jerse (USM) vs. Daria Veretennikova/Lorena Jimenez (WC) 4-3, unfinished
1. Carolin Drescher (USM) def. Aleksandra Greta (WC) 6-0, 6-4
2. Jelena Djordan (WC) def. Rikeetha Pereira (USM) 6-0, 6-3
3. Alex Kitchen (USM) def. Wendy Barsotti (WC) 6-1, 6-3
4. Tzu-Hui Chen (USM) def. Natalia Baliaeva (WC) 7-5, 6-0
5. Tjasa Jerse (USM) def. Daria Veretennikova (WC) 6-4, 6-3
6. Elena Roca (USM) def. Gloria Kaufmann (WC) 6-1, 6-1