DENTON, Texas – The University of Akron tennis team closed out the fall component of its schedule on Sunday by capturing the championship in flight 1 doubles and flight 1 singles at the Game On North Texas Classic at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
The Zips pair of Zara Harutyunyan and Prang Pantusart won its third contest in as many days to claim the title in flight 1 doubles, topping UTEP's Martina Trierweiler and Gaby Vazquez, 8-3. Harutyunyan was also crowned champion of flight 1 singles, closing out the weekend undefeated following a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Trierweiler.
Also on Sunday, the UA duo of Ksenia Berestetska and Natalia Kuvakina scored an 8-0 flight 3 doubles win over UTEP's Dasha Abrahkmanova and Anastasia Sylenko. Berestetska and Kuvakina earned flight 5 and 6 singles wins, respectively, as well. Berestetska defeated UTEP's Marie LeBlonde 6-3, 6-4 and Kuvakina disposed of Sylenko, 6-0 6-0.
Pantusart also went undefeated in singles and doubles on the day, earning a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Vazquez in flight 2 singles.
"It is nice to see Zara and Prang play well and win flight 1 doubles," second-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "They put some nice tennis together down here. Zara played extremely well in singles as well."
The three-day event was set up in dual-match format minus the team scoring aspect, with each singles (1-6) and doubles (1-3) slot considered its own draw. Northwestern State, UTEP and North Central Texas College joined Akron and host North Texas in the field.
Akron, the defending Mid-American Conference tournament champion, will begin what is considered the spring portion of its schedule on Jan. 22 at Michigan State at noon. The squad's MAC schedule starts on March 23 at home versus Miami (Ohio).
Game On North Texas Classic – Day Three Akron Results
Flight 1: Harutyunyan/Pantusart (Akron) def. Trierweiler/Vazquez (UTEP) 8-3
Flight 2: De Luca/LeBlonde (UTEP) def. Jogasuria/Jogasuria (Akron) 8-6
Flight 3: Berestetska/Kuvakina (Akron) def. Abdrahkmanova/Sylenko (UTEP) 8-0
Flight 1: Zara Harutyunyan (Akron) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-2, 6-3
Flight 2: Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Gaby Vazquez (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
Flight 3: Carolina De Luca (UTEP) def. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 7-6, 6-4
Flight 4: Dasha Abrahkmanova (UTEP) def. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) 6-3, 6-0
Flight 5: Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Marie LeBlonde (UTEP) 6-3, 6-4
Flight 6: Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) def. Anastasia Sylenko (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0