Alcorn State wins SWAC Women's Tennis Championship - - Jackson, MS

Alcorn State wins SWAC Women's Tennis Championship

NEW ORLEANS ( – Alcorn State captured the programs’ fourth SWAC Women’s Tennis Championship with a 4-2 victory over Jackson State on Sunday, April 17 at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center. This is the Braves’ first title since the 2008 season.

Jackson State clinched the doubles point with Bright Phakamad and Karina Ono defeated Aida Kelic and Ivana Boberic, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles. The Tigers’ Julia Angermann and Anastasia Zviahintseva won at No. 1 position 6-2 over Ekaterina Potapova and Sibohan Ryan-Bovey.

Alcorn State’s duo of Aakanksha Punj and Marlene Maier defeated Daria Butorino and Rebekah Adewumi, 6-4, at No. 3 doubles.

Jackson State went up 2-0 with Phakamad defeating Klavdija Bukovic, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.

Alcorn State came back to capture four-straight battles in the other singles matches. Kelic collected a 6-2, 6-2, win over Angermann at No. 1 singles while Boberic won 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles over Daria Boberic.

At No. 5 singles, Potapova defeated Akshantha Ananth, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, while Maier bested Ono at the No. 6 match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Alcorn State’s Marlene Maier was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, while Braves’ head Coach Anthony Dodgen was named SWAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

Both Jackson State and Alcorn State had three players named to the SWAC All-Tournament team. Southern also had two honorees on the All-Tournament Team.

2016 SWAC All-Tournament Team

Anastasia Zviahintseva, Jackson State

Bright Phakamad, Jackson State

Karina Ono, Jackson State

Ivana Boberic, Alcorn State

Ekaterina Potapova, Alcorn State

Marlene Maier, Alcorn State

Amanda Materre, Southern

Rufaro Chirewa, Southern

Tournament MVP: Marlene Maier, Alcorn State
Coach of the Year: Anthony Dodgen, Alcorn State

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