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MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell won the Silver Flight for one of Stetson's three bracket titles.
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Hatters Win Three Titles in Chattanooga
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  10/02/2011
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Chattanooga, Tenn. - Sophomore Diana Bukujeva (Riga, Latvia) won her bracket championships in singles and doubles to lead the Stetson women's tennis team in this weekend's UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The Hatters won three bracket titles overall with sophomore MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell (Asheville, N.C.) also winning a singles crown and junior Jen Miller (Tampa, Fla.) teaming with Bukujeva for the doubles title.

In the Platinum Flight, Bukujeva, the bracket's #2 seed, rolled through her first two opponents in straight sets, as did sophomore Lindsey Cable (Gainesville, Fla.). Cable put up a similar straight-set win in the semifinals, but Bukujeva had to work harder to win a marathon 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 (14) battle with #3 seed Shaina Singh of the host school in her semifinal.

The two Hatters then did battle in Sunday's finals with Bukujeva narrowly besting her classmate 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 for the de facto intrasquad championship.

A similar Hatter/Hatter title match was set up in the Silver Flight between #4 seed Stauffer-MacDowell and #1 seed senior Shannon Gunning (Boca Raton, Fla.), but Gunning had to withdraw due to illness, giving the former the walkover victory. Gunning reached the finals with a first round bye, a straight-set quarterfinal win and a tough 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1 win over #3 seed Ally Westling of Xavier in the semifinals while Stauffer-MacDowell cruised through the first round and quarterfinals with just three games dropped before sinking Memphis's Andrea Arques in a three-set semifinal match.

In the Platinum doubles draw, Bukujeva and Miller began with a bang by knocking off the top seed Borck/Welcher of Lipscomb 8-4 in the quarterfinals. They then won 8-3 in the semifinals over a Murray State duo before dropping the #2 seed, Rachel Daniell and Menanteau Moolman of UAB 8-4 in Sunday's title match.

Stauffer-MacDowell and freshman Naella Wawrinka (St. Barthelemy, Switzerland) also competed in that bracket, defeating a Mercer pair 8-5 in the quarterfinals and then falling by the same score to Daniell and Moolman in the semifinals.

Junior Sara Lazarevic (Calgary, Alta.) nearly gave Stetson a third singles crown, riding her #2 seed in the Gold Flight to three wins Friday and Saturday, but was outlasted by top-seeded Jenna Nurik of Chattanooga 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 in Sunday's championship match. Miller reached the semifinals of that draw as well, with a 6-2, 6-2 win over fourth-seeded Isa Fernandez of UAB in the process.

For their parts, Wawrinka was a semifinalist in the Blue Flight and junior Clarke Tatje (Eustis, Fla.) reached the finals of the Blue Consolation after dropping her main draw opener.

The Hatters will conclude their fall season October 21-23 at the ITA South Regional championships in Gainesville, Fla.

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Vera Shkundina (Kennesaw State) def. Clarke Tatje 6-1, 6-4

#2 Naella Wawrinka BYE

#2 Naella Wawrinka def. Raisa Guasti (Jax State) 6-3, 6-3

Alyssa Hibberd (Memphis) def. #2 Naella Wawrinka 6-0, 6-4


Clarke Tatje def. Cassidy Cunitz (Murray State) 7-6 (4), 6-1

Clarke Tatje BYE

Clarke Tatje def. Tonya Walters (Lee) 7-5, 7-6 (4)

Alex Apostu (Kennesaw State) def. Clarke Tatje 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6)



Jennifer Miller def. Raphaela Lima (Jax State) 6-2, 6-1

#2 Sara Lazarevic def. Zoe Bizinos (Jax State) 7-6 (2), 6-1

Jennifer Miller def. #4 Isa Fernandez (UAB) 6-2, 6-2

#2 Sara Lazarevic def. Rachel Daniell (UAB) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (7-6 [10])

#1 Jenna Nurik (Chattanooga) def. Jennifer Miller 6-4, 6-0

#2 Sara Lazarevic def. Ashley Canty (Murray State) 6-4, 6-4

#1 Jenna Nurik (Chattanoga) def. #2 Sara Lazarevic 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2



Lindsey Cable def. Annie Sandberg (Lee) 6-0, 6-0

#2 Diana Bukujeva def. Menanteau Moolman (UAB) 6-2, 6-1

Lindsey Cable def. Carolin Huerth (Murray State) 6-0, 6-1

#2 Diana Bukujeva def. Kally Alkire (Xavier) 6-1, 6-0

Lindsey Cable def. Bruna Viera (North Alabama) 6-2, 6-3

#2 Diana Bukujeva def. #3 Shaina Singh (Chattanooga) 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 (14)

#2 Diana Bukujeva def. Lindsey Cable 6-3, 5-7, 6-4



#1 Shannon Gunning BYE

#4 MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell def. Natalie Handler (Xavier) 6-1, 6-0

#1 Shannon Gunning def. Teresa Franco (North Alabama) 6-4, 6-1

#4 MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell def. Amanda Bertani (Mercer) 6-1, 6-1

#1 Shannon Gunning def. #3 Ally Westling (Xavier) 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1

#4 MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell def. Andrea Arques (Memphis) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7)

#4 MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell def. #1 Shannon Gunning WALKOVER - ILLNESS



Apostu/Shkundina (Kennesaw State) def. #2 Lazarevic/Tatje 9-7


Guasti/Lima (Jacksonville State) def. #2 Lazarevic/Tatje 8-5



Cable/Gunning def. Gray/Walters (Lee) 8-3

#2 Chadwell/Nurik (Chattanooga) def. Cable/Gunning 8-6



Bukujeva/Miller def. #1 Borck/Welcher (Lipscomb) 8-4

Stauffer-MacDowell/Wawrinka def. Bertani/Schumilas (Mercer) 8-5

Bukujeva/Miller def. Canty/Klein (Murray State) 8-3

#2 Daniell/Moolman (UAB) def. Stauffer-MacDowell/Wawrinka 8-5

Bukujeva/Miller def. #2 Daniell/Moolman 8-4


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