NCAA Womens Tennis

Deacs Wrap Play at Carolina Kickoff on Sunday Afternoon


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Wake Forest women’s tennis officially finished up its first weekend of competition in 2023 on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 15) in the final day of the annual Carolina Kickoff, hosted by the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Six total Demon Deacons played in rounds of singles and doubles during each of the event’s three days. During Friday’s opener (Jan. 13), Maddie Lynch and Jingyi Li picked up a win in doubles over a South Carolina pairing of McKenna Schaefbauer/Alice Otis.

A ranked doubles win for Casie Wooten/Mia Ahmad opened Saturday afternoon (Jan. 14), the first-ever such feat for the two juniors playing together. The duo capitalized off a 4-1 start to ultimately defeat No. 53 Carol Lee/Kate Sharabura (Georgia Tech) in a 6-3 decision. That same day, Ahmad and Nevena Carton each forced three-set outings during singles versus Wisconsin.

Carton and fellow freshman Whitley Pate earned an impressive doubles win on Sunday versus Alina Mukhortova/Ariel Johnson of Wisconsin. Hours later, Carton picked up a singles win on court two, as the event concluded afterward.


Friday, Jan. 13

Doubles Results:

  1. Ayana Akli/Grace Mulville (SC) def. Casie Wooten/Mia Ahmad (WF) 2-6

  2. Allie Gretkowski/Ana Cruz (SC) def. Whitley Pate/Nevena Carton (WF) 2-6

  3. Maddie Lynch/Jingyi Li (WF) def. McKenna Schaefbauer/Alice Otis (SC) 7-6 (1)

Singles Results:

  1. Kylie Bilchev (GT) def. No. 27 Casie Wooten (WF) 5-7, 6-3, 3-6

  2. No. 109 Mahak Jain (GT) def. Nevena Carton (WF) 3-6, 3-6

  3. No. 104 Alejandra Cruz (GT) def. Whitley Pate (WF)…

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