Freshmen Duo Overcome Duke Pair En Route to Doubles Title at Landfall/UNC-W Invitational
Sept. 13, 2004
A pair of Wolfpack freshmen, Julia Roach and Elin Stahl Johansson, began their collegiate careers this weekend on a high note, collecting the doubles title at the Landfall/UNC-W Invitational. The tournament marked the first round of competition for the women's tennis team this fall.
In their first doubles match, Roach and Stahl Johansson battled against Lucia Henkle and Mariana Shimoda from Mount Olive College. The Trojan pair fought hard, but eventually fell to the Pack combo 9-8(3). In the second round, Roach and Stahl Johannson beat out the Duke University combo of Tory Zawacki and Saras Arasu, 8-3, to advance to the championship match. In the finals, the Wolfpack freshmen were then pitted against the Coastal Carolina two-some Marie Matrka and Virginie Dinh and collected the title with an 8-4 win.
In singles action, Stahl Johansson defeated Marie Matrka of Coastal Carolina, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, and came from behind to defeat Lisa Suggs of UNC-G, 1-6, 7-5, 10-5, to land a spot in the title match against Saras Arasu of Duke. Arasu, who spent time in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings last season, collected the championship after defeating Stahl Johannson in two sets, 6-1, 6-2.
Julia Roach was equally impressive in her debut, collecting two wins in three matches. Her first match, against Virginie Dinh of Coastal Carolina, resulted in a two set victory, 6-4, 6-2. In the second round, Roach was pitted against Tory Zawacki of Duke. Zawacki came on strong from the beginning and ended up winning the match, 6-2, 6-4, sending Roach to the consolation round. In her final match, Roach faced off against Kate LaCoste from UNC-G. In a very close match, Roach lost the first set in a tie-breaker, 6-7 (5), before cruising to victory in the second and third sets, 6-0, 10-7.
"We are very pleased with the performance of our freshmen," said head coach Hans Olsen. Since arriving on campus, these two have worked hard and really dedicated themselves to having great freshman seasons and adding to the success of this team. Their play this weekend only shows that we have a lot to look forward to."
This weekend the Wolfpack will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to compete in the University of Tennessee Fall Invitational. Next month the Wolfpack will host their own tournament, the Residence Inn North Wolfpack Invitational. The three day tournament begins Oct. 15.