Trio of Lady Vols Wrap Up Fall Ranked Spotlight

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RALEIGH, N.C. – A trio of members from the Tennessee women’s tennis team took their talents to the 2023 Fall Ranked Spotlight, hosted by NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Over the weekend, graduate student Alana Wolfberg, senior Elza Tomase and sophomore Leyla Britez Risso competed in their respective singles draws.

The Lady Vols got off to a slow start on Friday, dropping four out of five matches. Wolfberg was the lone member to secure a win. She beat Miami’s Isabella Pfenning in a back-and-forth three set match.

On Saturday, Tomase, Wolfberg and Britez Risso all picked up wins over their opponents. Tomase collected her first win over Ariana Areseneault from Auburn. Wolfberg followed by adding her second victory on the weekend against Mahak Jain from Georgia Tech. Britez Risso gained her win of the weekend after defeating Rachel Hanford from Arizona State.

Play concluded on Sunday, with all three Lady Vols competing for championship titles. In the singles southeast championship, Tomase fell to Emma Jackson from Duke. Wolfberg came up short in the singles southwest championship to Ayana Akli from South Carolina. Lastly, Britez Risso dropped the second draw singles southeast championship to Antonia Balzert hailing from Miami.

Up Next:

The team is set to travel to Waco, Texas, to play in the H-E-B Invitational Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

Full Tournament Results

Friday, Sept. 22, 2023

Carolyn Ansari (Auburn) defeated Alana Wolfberg 6-2, 6-1

Dana Guzman (Oklahoma) defeated Elza Tomase 6-4, 6-2

Leonie Schknecht (Miami) defeated Leyla Britez Risso 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2

Alana Wolfberg defeated Isabella Pfennig (Miami) 3-6, 7-5, 11-9

Ariana Areseneault (Auburn) defeated Elza Tomase 6-4, 6-4

Karolina Berankova (Duke) defeated Leyla Britez Risso 6-1, 6-2

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023

Annabelle Xu (Virginia) defeated. Elza Tomase 6-4, 7-5

Sarah Hamner (South Carolina) defeated Alana Wolfberg 6-3, 5-7, 12-10

Elise Mills (South Carolina) defeated Leyla Britez Risso 6-4, 3-6, 10-3

Elza Tomase vs. Giulia Morlet (Arizona State)  6-4, 6-1

Alana Wolfberg defeated Mahak Jain (Georgia Tech) 6-3, 6-2

Leyla Britez Risso defeated Rachel Hanford (Arizona State) 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-8

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023

Emma Jackson (Duke) defeated Elza Tomase 6-4, 6-2

Ayana Akli (South Carolina) vs. Alana Wolfberg 6-4, 6-4

Antonia Balzert (Miami) vs. Leyla Britez Risso 7-5, 6-4

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