MIDLAND, Texas - Playing her first-ever collegiate matches, Nanaka Takeuchi was perfect on the way to capturing the Flight 2 title of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.
Tekeuchi cruised to a 4-0 record in the singles competition with wins over Texas State, Abilene Christian, Nebraska and a final against Illinois.
"The way she played was amazing," UTA coach Diego Benitez said. "I am very proud of her and the way that she played. It was the first tournament to ever play in college and to win it all says a lot about the level that she has and how much of an asset she will be for us. Overall I am very happy about our performance."
Tekeuchi joined with Agustina Serio in doubles, claiming their first match 6-2 over Texas State. The win helped Serio tie for 10th in all-time UTA doubles wins with her 59th of her career. The pair were on their way to claiming a second-round victory, but could not hold onto a 5-2 lead and fell 7-5 to the No. 1 seed from Texas A&M.
Carla Cerdan Vives also made a run through Flight 2, claiming wins over Nebraska (3-6, 6-4, 10-6) and UAB (6-4, 1-6, 10-8) before falling to the individual from Illinois in the semifinals. Serio, who needs just two wins in singles to also reach the top 10, fell in three sets to a tough opponent from Arkansas in the opener.
UTA continues action when they head to Houston for the Rice Invitational beginning on Sept. 22.
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