Tigers Advance Doubles Team to Final Day of ITA Regionals

Tigers Advance Doubles Team to Final Day of ITA Regionals

San Antonio - Trinity standouts Mary Kaffen and Zoe Kaffen advanced to the finals to highlight the Tiger team competing at the ITA South/Southwest Regional Championships on Saturday.


The Tigers had three of the four doubles teams in Saturday night's "A" draw semifinals, including the top-seeded team of Mary and Zoe Kaffen. The Trinity twins earned an 8-1 win over the team of Stephanie Joseph and Sumvruta Iyengar from the University of Texas-Dallas to start the day, then defeated Tiger teammates Ashley DeBauge and Hannah Rafferty in the semis.

DeBauge and Rafferty upset #3 seeds Diana Carvajalino and Melody Duong of Austin (TX) College by a score of 8-6 to advance to the match against their Trinity teammates.

The second-seeded team of Megan Flores and Caroline Kutach also started the day with a narrow 9-8 (7-5) doubles win over #5 seeds Elisa Kendall and Kaleigh Smith of East Texas Baptist University. Flores and Kutach were then upset by #4 seeds Frida Mudsam and Kathy Joseph from Texas-Dallas. Mudsam and Joseph will face off against Mary and Zoe Kaffen in Sunday's championship.

In the "A" singles action on Saturday, top-seeded Kutach defeated teammate Zoe Kaffen 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals, while DeBauge and Flores were both beaten in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Kutach was later denied a chance to play for the singles title in a 7-5, 6-3 loss to third-seeded Joseph from Texas-Dallas.

A pair of Tiger players also reached the "B" singles semifinals with wins on Saturday. Paulina Garcia won 6-0, 6-0 over Claire Huffine of McMurry (TX) University, while Abby Watson earned a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win against Claire Austin of Concordia (TX) University. The two Trinity teammates will each face off against a pair of Southwestern (TX) University teammates in the semifinals, and the winners will play for the "B" draw championship tomorrow.



Trinity will conclude the ITA Singles and Doubles tournaments tomorrow, with Mary and Zoe Kaffen headlining the team in the "A" doubles title match.