Butler leads Tech on day one of Big 5 Challenge

FORT WORTH, Texas Katherine Butler led the Virginia Tech women’s tennis team with a pair of opening day wins on Friday at the Big 5 Challenge hosted by TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

Butler battled to a pair of wins for the Hokies as both of her first day matches went to three. In the first match of the day, Butler rallied for a win over TCU’s Alexis Pereira after giving up the first set 6-0. Butler came back to win the second 6-3 and take the third in a super tiebreak 10-3.

In the second match of the day, Butler again rallied this time to down Maya Das of rival Virginia. Butler faltered in the opening set 6-4, but took the next two 6-3, 10-6.

Freshman, Nika Kozar, makes her college debut a success with a win over TCU’s Meredith Roberts in straight set scores of 6-2, 6-0. In the second match of the day, Kozar fell to 67th-ranked Kelley Anderson of Arizona State, 6-3, 6-4.

Caroline Daxhelet fell in her opening match of the day, but bounced back for the afternoon tilt to defeat Arizona State’s Savannah Slaysman in three sets, 7-6, 4-6, 10-6.

The Hokies will be back on the court Saturday for the second day of the Big 5 Challenge.

Katherine Butler (VT) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU) 0-6, 6-3, 10-3
Butler (VT) def. Maya Das (UVA) 4-6, 6-3, 10-6

Nika Kozar (VT) def. Meredith Roberts (TCU) 6-2, 6-0
#67 Kelley Anderson (ASU) def. Kozar (VT) 6-3, 6-4

#122 Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) 7-5, 6-0
Daxhelet (VT) def. Savannah Slaysman (ASU) 7-6, 4-6, 10-6

#118 Donika Bashota (TCU) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) 3-6, 6-2, 10-4
Nicole Fossa-Huergo (ASU) def. Cerezo-Codina (VT) 6-1, 6-2

Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) def. Nina Sorkin (VT) 6-2, 7-5
Sasa Klanecek (ASU) def. Sorkin (VT) 2-6, 6-2, 12-10

Stevie Kennedy (TCU) def. Luisa Uscocovich (VT) 6-0, 6-1
Lauren Jean-Baptiste (ASU) def. Uscocovich (VT) 6-1, 6-0

Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Sarah Baron (VT) 6-4, 6-0
Tereza Kolarova (ASU) def. Baron (VT) 6-1, 6-3

#35 Bashota /Cveticanin (TCU) def. #53 Cerezo-Codina/Daxhelet (VT) 7-6
Pereira/Roberts (TCU) def. Butler/Sorkin 6-4
Elizabeth Tedford/Zenovka (TCU) def. Kozar/Uscocovich (VT) 6-4

Anderson/Fossa-Huergo (ASU) def. Cerezo-Codina/Sorkin (VT) 6-1
Kolarova/Slaysman (ASU) def. Baron/Kozar (VT) 6-1
Jean-Baptiste/Klanacek (ASU) def. Daxhelet/Uscocovich

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