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Octave hits a high note as Ulster finish joint second at inter-pros


By John Flack

Lucy Octave has staked a claim for a place in Ireland's Federation Cup team after securing a hat-trick of wins to help Ulster finish joint runners up to Leinster at the senior inter-provincial tournament in Claremorris at the weekend.

The most significant result for the 19-year-old USA-based Donaghadee player, came in Friday's 4-2 defeat by Leinster.

Octave defeated Dublin woman, Jane Fennelly, who played in the Fed Cup in June in three sets, sending a message to the selectors.

Ulster coach Stuart McQuitty said: "Lucy was disappointed not to be considered for the last team but another three wins out of three means she must be in contention now."

Karola Bejenaru also boasted a 100% record as Ulster went on to lose 4-2 to Munster before beating Connacht 6-0 as Leinster retained the title.

McQuitty added: "In 2016, we finished third with just six points, this year we managed 10 so, in 2018, the aim will be to win the tournament."

Results - Friday: Ulster 2 Leinster 4; Munster 6 Connacht 0; Saturday: Ulster 2 Munster 4; Leinster 5 Connacht 1; Ulster 6 Connacht 0; Leinster 6 Munster 0.

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