TOWSON, Md. - Towson opened the 2012 season by hosting the first day of the Tiger Classic at the Towson Center Tennis Courts. A field of six teams began the tournament with two rounds against various teams Friday.
"It's a great way to find out where we are," Towson head coach Doug Neagle said. "It's going to be a long hot day tomorrow and we're looking at this tournament to help us get where we need to be from a fitness aspect."
For the Tigers, Ayana Dow earned a singles victory, defeating Howard's Gabby Moxey in three sets 7-5, 3-6, 10-8. Dow's victory came in the tournament's second round.
The Tigers were also successful in doubles action, as the pairing of junior Nani Lizana and Andrea Samlin picked up a victory over Howard's Talia Johnson and Umarah Mughee.Samlin and Lizana established a great deal of chemistry as partners last season and continued playing well Friday, picking up an 8-5 win.
The tournament concludes with three rounds Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Tennis Tournament Results
2012 Tiger Classic
Sep 07, 2012 at Towson, Md. (Towson Center Tennis Courts)
1 Dorothy Safron (Delaware) def. Nani Lizana (Towson University) 6-1, 6-1
Danea Jonjic (Delaware) def. Lorena Ferrer (Towson University) 6-3, 6-0
Nataliya Naumova (Delaware) def. Ayana Dow (Towson University) 6-3, 6-3
Carmen Lai (Delaware) def. Andrea Samlin (Towson University) 7-6, 6-2
2 Ayana Dow (Towson University) def. Gabby Moxey (Howard) 7-5, 3-6, 10-8
Nani Lizana/Andrea Samlin (Towson University) def. Talia Johnson/Umarah Mughee (Howard) 8-6
Audria Bell/Katelyn Stokes (Howard) def. Ariel Burke/Lorena Ferrer (Towson University) 8-5