BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team saw three singles players advance in the main draw and one doubles team as it completed day two of the USTA/ ITA Regional at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech Campus. Fourteen schools remain of the 23 that began the regional. Seven of the top eight seeds are still alive in singles play, while all eight remain in doubles action.
The doubles combo of Raluca Mita/ Kelly Williford got the Hokies out to a good start on the second day as they picked up the only Tech doubles win of the day first thing in the morning. They defeated Erin Snook/ Noelle Kaufmann from Navy, 8-2. The pair will face Old Dominion at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Virginia and Marshall lead the doubles draw with three teams still alive heading into the round of 32, while William & Mary and VCU both still have two teams competing. George Washington’s team of Mimi Hamling/ Lana Robins was the only pairing to knock off a seeded team as they defeated West Virginia’s 9-16 team of Hailey Barrett/ Ikttesh Chahl in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (3).
Carol Kahoun was the first Hokie to advance to the round of 32 when she picked up a two-set, 6-2, 6-1, win over Temple’s Alicia Doms. Mita joined her teammate in the second round when she defeated Pittsburgh’s Molly Wickman, (6-2, 6-2).
Isel Martinez-Marcos used a two-set win over Devi Jadeja (6-2, 6-0), to give Tech three players in the second round.
VCU’s Olga Barsheheuska went three sets with 9-16 seeded Kim Berghaus from UMBC. The hard work paid off as she knocked off the seeded opponent with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
Katelyn Stokes from Howard also knocked off a 9-16 seeded player when she came from a set down to defeat VCU’s Josefin Hjertquist. Stokes dropped the first set 3-6, but took the next two, 6-4, 6-3, to advanced to the next round.
Nearing the end of the second day, Penn State’s Devan McClusky had the day’s only top-eight upset when she defeated seven seed Diania Ivanova from Old Dominion, 6-3, 6-1 to move on to the next round.
Play will resume Sunday morning with round of 32 doubles beginning 8 a.m. The round of 32 singles will start after the completion of doubles matches, but are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The round of 16 singles will also be played tomorrow afternoon. For up to date brackets and results, visit www.hokiesports.com/wtennis/brackets
q-Lana Robins (GWU) def. Tea Ivanovic (VT) (6-4, 6-3)
Carol Kahoun (VT) def. Alicia Doms (Temple) (6-4, 6-1)
Raluca Mita (VT) def. Molly Wickman (Pitt) (6-2, 6-2)
(9-16) Chelsea Utting (PSU) def. Emily Lauten (VT) (6-1, 6-2)
(9-16) Gealer/ VanBerlo (UMd) def. Kahoun/ Martinez-Marcos (8-5)
(4) Voscekova/ Zaprazna (Marshall) def. Ivanovic/ Lauten (VT) (8-4)
(9-16) Mita/ Williford (VT) def. Snook/ Kaufmann (Navy) (8-2)
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