TOLEDO - Two Rockets advanced to semifinal matches in their respective draws at the Spartan Invitational this weekend on Michigan State's campus. Toledo also performed well in doubles as one pair of Rockets advanced to a semifinal match while another claimed a consolation title.
Silvia Carvajal won her first two matches against Cleveland State's Nicole Janek (6-1, 6-2) and Xavier's Brooke Dennis (6-3, 1-6, 6-3), setting up a semifinal matchup against Keti Mebuke of Illinois-Chicago in Draw E. Mebuke proved to be too much though, defeating the lone Toledo senior 6-4, 6-4.
Freshman Katelyn Nguyen teamed up with Carvajal for a 3-1 record in doubles action. After losing their initial match, the duo won three consecutive matches against Wisconsin (8-4), Dayton (8-5) and Cleveland State (9-8(4)) for the Draw B consolation title.
Junior Chrissy Coffman also played her way to the semifinals with victories over Michigan State's Emily Meyers (6-0, 6-3) and Wisconsin's Helen Rabot (6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5). Then, she fell 4-6, 0-6 to eventual Draw D champion Kathryn Sharples (Illinois-Chicago) who didn't lose a set.
Coffman made another semifinal appearance in doubles action while teaming up with Emily Mazzola. The junior-freshman pair beat Xavier (8-6) and Ball State (8-0) before falling to Marquette (8-6).
No team scores were kept over the weekend.
Toledo will host the Rocket Invitational this week on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.