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Tennis Teams Claim Seven Titles at Omaha Collegiate Invitational

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's and women's tennis teams combined for seven titles at the Omaha Collegiate Invitational, which concluded on Sunday in Omaha.

The Bluejay men won titles in Flight A and B of doubles, as well as Flight A and E of singles, while the Bluejay women countered with crowns in Flight A and E of singles, as well as Flight A of doubles action.

On the women's side, Jennie Hartjes capped an unbeaten weekend with titles in Flight A of both singles and doubles action. She had little trouble defeating Steph Petsis from North Dakota, 6-0, 6-1 for the singles crown. Earlier in the day, Hartjes combined with Anna Kirshenbaum for a hard-fought 9-8 doubles win over Northern Colorado's Elizabeth Tapia and Stephanie Catlin.

The Flight E women's singles title went to Creighton's Taylor Koehrsen, who defeated Northern Colorado's Taylor Schumacher. Koehrsen lost the first set 2-6, then responded with consecutive 6-1 sets to post the three-set victory.

The Creighton men were led by Billy Paluch for a second straight weekend. Paluch defeated UNC's Ben Gendron in the Flight A singles final, 6-4, 6-0. Paluch is now 6-0 on the fall with a pair of tournament titles. Earlier in the day Paluch teamed with Brandon Lee to defeat Gendron and Mitchel Knight by an 8-3 count.

Creighton's other men's titles on Sunday came in Flight B doubles and Flight E singles. In the doubles win Sean Mathison and Nick Thompson reported an 8-3 victory over UNO's Eric McKnight and John Ellis. In Flight E, it was Anthony Rauschenbach who wrapped up a 3-0 weekend with a triumph over SDSU's Lucas Pereira, 7-6, 6-4.

Other Creighton victors on Sunday included Elliott Baker and Ryan Norman taking third place in Flight A of doubles play and Sean Mathison winning a match for seventh place in Flight D singles. The brackets were adjusted in both Flight B and C of singles play to avoid teammates meeting each other. Creighton got straight set wins from Baker and August Nysted in Flight C, as well as Quinn Dippel in Flight B.

Creighton's women snared third-place in singles play of Flight D (Karlin Naslund) as well as doubles play in Flight B (Liz Vermillion and Amanda Noonan). Noonan won her match for fifth-place in Flight D of singles play, as did Sam Anderson in Flight B and Analese Snyder in Flight A of singles action. In addition, Koehrsen and Naslund won their seventh-place contest in Doubles Flight B.

The Creighton women head to Wichita, Kan., next weekend for the MVC Individual Championships while the Creighton men conclude their fall on Oct. 18-22 at the ITA Regionals in Minneapolis, Minn.
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