October 22, 2012
Hokies halted at ITA Regional
Tech's run ends in the quarterfinals
ITA Regionals
Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team’s run in the ITA Regional at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus was halted in the quarterfinals. Tech had two singles matches and one doubles match on the fourth day of action, but was unable to advance to the final day.

Doubles began the day and the outstanding freshman team of Raluca Mita/ Kelly Williford battled to the very end but eventually fell to the three seed team of Maria Balaya/ Jeltje Loomans, 9-8 (3). The pair from William & Mary ranks 12th in the nation and will face Virginia’s Stephanie Nauta/ Li Xi in the semifinals, who hold the two seed in the tournament and rank 42nd nationally.

Joining the two teams in the next round will be Virginia’s Maci Epstein/ Erin Vierra, who upset top-seeded Petra Januskova/ Chelsea Utting from Penn State, 8-6. Epstein/ Vierra will go against Marshall’s Maria Voscekova/ Dominika Zapranza, who defeated William & Mary’s Anik Cepeda / Leeza Nemchinov, 8-5.

Mita returned to action following her lengthy doubles match to face Virginia’s Nauta. The three seed was too much for Mita and advanced to the next round with a 6-1, 6-1 win.

Playing at the same time, just two courts away was Isel Martinez-Marcos facing two seed Xi from Virginia. Martinez-Marcos fought but was stopped by Xi, 6-4, 6-1.

Nauta went on the face top seeded Januskova later in the day, who made it to the semifinals after defeating Virginia’s Epstein (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) in the morning session. Januskova proved why she was the No. 1 seed in the bracket and defeated Nauta (6-0, 6-1) to move on to the finals.

In the second inter-squad matchup of the day, Virginia’s Xi was forced to play Vierra in the semifinals after she knocked off fellow Cavalier Caryssa Peretz (6-1, 6-1) earlier in the day. Xi advanced to the finals with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over Vierra.

The fifth and final day of the regional will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Doubles semifinals will start the day off and be followed by singles finals and later doubles finals. For up to date brackets and complete results, visit www.hokiesports.com/wtennis/brackets

Singles Quarterfinals:

(1) Januskova (PSU) def. (8) Epstein (UVa) (6-3, 4-6, 6-4)

(3) Nauta (UVa) def. Mita (VT) (6-1, 6-1)

(4) Vierra (UVa) def. (9-16) Peretz (UVa) (6-1, 6-1)

(2) Xi (UVa) def. (9-16) Martinez-Marcos (VT) (6-4, 6-1)

Singles Semifinals:

(1) Januskova (PSU) def. (3) Nauta (UVa)

(2) Xi (UVa) def. (4) Vierra (UVa) (7-6 (5), 6-1)

Doubles Quarterfinals:

(7) Epstein/ Vierra (UVa) def. (1) Januskova/ Utting (PSU), 8-6

(4) Voscekova/ Zapranza (MU) def. (9-16) Cepeda/ Nemchinov, 8-5

(3) Balaya/ Loomans (W&M) def. (9-16) Mita/ Williford (VT), 9-8 (3)

(2) Nauta/ Xi (UVa) def. (8) Hjertuist/ Barsheheuska (VCU), 8-2

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