On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Seawolves Classic, a One-on-One Doubles Tournament, was held at Stony Brook University. Eight women's college teams participated, including host school Stony Brook, Bryant, Marist, URI, Army, Navy, Fordham and Fairleigh Dickinson.
The singles final came down to two Stony Brook teammates, junior Nini Logvilava from Tbilsi, Ga. facing senior Catherine Hanson from Smithtown, N.Y. Before the match, Hanson said, “I’m excited about it, it's my teammate so I know how she plays, so there’s no pressure,” and another teammate Polomoa Movchan said, “I expect an equal game, both are very strong.”
Movhcan was right, as the match was hard-fought and close, but in the end, Logvilava was the straight-set winner, 6-3, 7-6.
In the doubles final, Logvilava was again ready for action, this time with partner Polinia Movchan. They took on Prerana Appineni, a senior from Hyderabad, India and Chole Pike, a junior from Bristol, England. They played an eight-game, pro-set to determine the winner, and Logvilava and Movchan prevailed 8-4.
“I played relaxed because it was our teammates, I wanted to show interesting points,” Logvilava said.
When asked about the game of One-on-One Doubles and why they've brought it to Stony Brook and incorporated it into their team's training, Coach Gary Glassman said, "It helps with their volley and returns. It gets them out of their comfort zone and helps them to get better and speed up the game a little bit.”
Credit all photos to Kelsey Domino
Chole Pike & Prerana Appineni teamed up in the finals of the Seawolves Classic 2011
Stony Brook University played host to the 2011 Seawolves Clasic One-on-One Doubles Tournament
The team of Nini Logvilava & Polinia Movchan from Stony Brook University, winners of the 2011 Seawolves Classic Doubles Finals