ROMA, Ga. — Led by two sophomores and a freshman, the Cowley College women’s tennis team was well represented Oct. 17-20 at the ITA Small College Nationals.
“This tournament is a very special one because only the regionals winners from around the country get the chance to play at the ITA Nationals,” Cowley coach Manuel Raga said. “The best eight singles players in the nation and best eight doubles teams competed here at Rome, GA and we got some very good results.”
Cowley’s doubles tandem of sophomore Takalani Molaoa and freshman Andrea Rodriguez upset No. 1-seeded and reigning champions Tatiana Simova and Ji Youn Lee of ASA Miami at the tournament en route to placing third.
Fellow sophomore Georgina Kaindoah finished fourth in singles play.
“I am very proud of these group of ladies — they competed very well against the best teams in the nation,” Raga said. “I am very excited to keep working with these group of ladies, I feel I have put together a great team and I am hoping in the spring season we can make a good run and make something special happen.”
Quarterfinals — Georgina Kaindoah defeated Kia Landell (Eastern Arizona) 6-2, 7-6(3).
Semifinals —Georgina Kaindoah lost to Tatiana Simova (ASA Miami) 6-2, 6-3.
Third Place — Georgina Kaindoah lost to Kim Soomin (ASA Miami) 6-4, 6-2.
Quarterfinals — Takalani Molaoa & Andrea Rodriguez def. T. Simova & J. Lee (ASA Miami) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
Semifinals — Takalani Molaoa & Andrea Rodriguez lost to J. Hansen & E. Schwarte (Tyler) 6-4, 6-0.
Third Place — Takalani Molaoa & Andrea Rodriguez def. I. Romero & K. Kohoutkova (ABAC) 7-5, 6-4.