04 Oct Mountain Hawks continue fall slate with Lehigh Invitational this weekendpost was originally published on this site
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In its last tune-up before the fall ITA Regionals, the Lehigh women’s tennis team will host the Lehigh Invitational this weekend. The two-day event will start on Saturday and conclude Sunday evening.
The Mountain Hawks will welcome in three teams to Bethlehem this weekend. Rounding out the Lehigh Invitational will be Army West Point, Fairleigh Dickinson and Morgan State.
Last time out, Lehigh spent three days competing at the Army West Point Invitational. Competing in the 20-team field, the Brown and White left New York with a ton of positives.
Competing in D singles, Casey Zhong advanced all the way to the championship match after consuming four straight wins. Paula Gonzalez won the consolation ladder title in the B flight after rattling off four wins after falling in straight sets on the first day. Freshman Junmoke James shined bright once again. James won her first three matches before falling in a tough three-setter in the semifinals.
In doubles, two Lehigh pairs won two matches! The duos of Catherine Meighan–Leigh Friedman and Sibel Can-Gonzalez both notched strong weekends. Going into Army, the Mountain Hawks wanted to improve their doubles and they accomplished that.
“Overall, I thought we had a very successful weekend at Army. Our level of competitiveness in singles was very high against strong competition.” expressed head coach Sarah Hendrix. “We have put a lot of work into our doubles over the last few weeks and it was exciting to see that hark work start to pay off and show in our results.
Through two fall tournaments, the women’s tennis team have attacked teams with a balance effort. In singles, the freshmen James leads the team with a 7-1 mark, while Zhong, Gonzalez and Anshika Singh all have four wins. Friedman and Meighan have also notched three wins in singles play.
For the Mountain Hawks in doubles, the No. 1 pair of Gonzalez and Can have recorded a strong 5-2 mark. Two other Lehigh pairs have notched two wins as well (Friedman-Meighan and Singh-Zhong).
“Our goal for this weekend is to continue to work on living out our values of team-first, competitiveness, and toughness on the court. We also specifically want to continue to focus on our transition games in both singles and doubles.” concluded Hendrix.