The Missouri State tennis team hosted a fall invitational Oct. 26-28 at Cooper Tennis Complex.
The tournament consisted of seven teams: Central Arkansas, Southeast Missouri, Louisiana Monroe, Tennessee State, Western Illinois, Mizzou and Southwest Baptist. There were four rounds of doubles and three rounds of singles over the three days.
Junior Alye Darter and freshman Mara Presot beat Tennessee State’s senior Abhilasha Vishwanath and sophomore Aarushi Kakkar 6-3 to go on to the semifinals, winning third place in the No. 2 doubles bracket.
“I enjoy playing doubles; it’s a good pace and different from singles,” Darter said.
Darter and Presot dropped 6-4 against SEMO senior Isabella Krupa and freshman Teona Veloska. They later defeated Mizzou’s junior Gabrielle Goldin and sophomore Ally Noback in a 6-3 decision.
“Getting to play together again this weekend was really fun, and we got a big win over Mizzou,” Darter said.
Freshman Clara Gandara Gonzalez and junior Alexia Meyer fell 6-2 to Tennessee State’s senior Pragati Natraj and freshman Madison Beckham in the third flight. They then had back-to-back decisions against teammates freshmen Brooke Smith and Courtney Potter.
Senior Phoebe Boeschen paired with Central Arkansas’ senior Marli Van Heerden in the third flight to move on to the championship match and battled 7-5 win over SEMO before beating Louisiana Monroe 6-0 to go to finals.
Freshman Anna Alons and senior Fati Khamissi won 6-1 against Western Illinois.
Boeschen advanced on a bye in the first round, and defeated her Tennessee State opponent 6-1, 6-3 to move on to the championship match on Day 3 against senior Anais Emelie of SEMO.
Darter won 7-6 (2), 6-2 tiebreak advantage over Western Illinois and fell to her Mizzou opponent 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 to play in the fifth-place bracket on Sunday, along with Alons.
Gandara Gonzalez moved to the consolation singles bracket with a doubles win 6-2, 6-4 against Western Illinois, and competed for ninth place.
The Bears had seven players advance to the placement brackets on the final day of the MSU Fall Invitational. Boeschen advanced to the No. 4 flight finals, losing to her SEMO opponent to take the runner-up standing.
“It’s always great advancing to the finals; it wasn’t what I wanted, but the girl I played did really well,” Boeschen said. “Hopefully this will help me learn some things to work on for the spring.”
Darter beat her Central Arkansas opponent in three sets and moved to the fifth place bracket. Darter then placed sixth after dropping another three-set tilt.
“I had some really close matches, three out of four went to the third set, so you can’t really ask for better for that,” Darter said. “It came down to points at the end that I could have converted to my side, but overall I feel pretty good about it.”
Meyer was the winner of the day with 6-2, 6-3 decision over her teammate Presot.
The MSU Fall Invitational closed out the Bears fall schedule.