October 18, 2013
Hokies open play at ITA Regional
Kahoun, Nandakumar qualify for main draw singles
ITA Atlantic Regionals
Virginia Tech

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team opened play Friday at the 2013 ITA Regional hosted by the University of Virginia. Tech was represented today in the qualifying singles draw and the main doubles draw.

Tech kicked off the day with Tea Ivanovic, Carol Kahoun and Sansitha Nandakumar competing in the qualifying singles draw. Ivanovic dropped her first-round match to Radford’s Gemma Valls 6-2, 6-3.

Kahoun qualified for the main singles draw after her two-win day. She defeated Navy’s Sam Droop 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 before qualifying with her 7-6, 6-4 defeat of Olga Bredikhina of Maryland.

Nandakumar also qualified for the main singles draw. She took down George Washington’s Grace Egger 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in her first-round match. The freshman defeated Cassandre Thebault of Maryland 6-3, 7-6 to clinch her spot in the main draw.

The Hokies went undefeated today in doubles play. The team of Kahoun and Isel Martinez-Marcos defeated Mughnee and Osei of Howard 8-1. They will play 9-16 seed Luus/Stanova of Maryland in the second round.

Ivanovic and Nandakumar also tallied a win for Tech with their 8-2 defeat of Huie/Pinchoff of James Madison. The Hokie pair will face off with second seed Elbaba/Pierson of Virginia in second-round action.

Fourth-seeded Ilinca Stoica and Kelly Williford and 9-16 seed Raluca Mita and Francesca Fusinato both received a first-round bye. However, Stoica/Williford will take on Egger/Robins of George Washington, who defeated Sears/Porter of Navy 8-5, in the second round. Mita/Fusinato will play Delaware’s Lai/Saffron in the second round. The Delaware team defeated Droop/Snook of Navy today 8-4.

ITA Regional play continues in Charlottesville through Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Qualifying Singles

Gemma Valls (Radford) def. Tea Ivanovic (VT) 6-2, 6-3

Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) def. Grace Egger (GWU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Carol Kahoun (VT) def. Sam Droop (Navy) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) def. Cassandre Thebault (Navy) 6-3, 7-6

Carol Kahoun (VT) def. Olga Bredikhina (Maryland) 7-6, 6-4

Main Draw Doubles

Kahoun/Martinez-Marcos (VT) def. Mughnee/Osei (Howard) 8-1

Ivanovic/Nandakumar (VT) def. Huie/Pinchoff (JMU) 8-2

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