Women’s tennis wraps up ITA Atlantic regional action

BLACKSBURG, Virginia – The Navy women’s tennis team wrapped up its three-day stint at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Regional on Saturday, completing 12 singles and four doubles matches over the three days at Virginia Tech’s Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

With four Midshipmen making it to the ITA Regional, Navy went a combined 6-6 in singles and 1-3 in doubles.

Three Mids opened play on Thursday with the singles qualifying rounds, as all three won their first matches before losing in the second round. First-year student Sia Chaudry beat George Washington’s Lindsay Thompson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to start the tournament, but fell to Maryland’s Mary Brumfeld after pushing the second set to a tiebreaker, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) . For seniors Casey Accolashe beat Longwood’s Karina Rizvanova 6-2, 6-3 before dropping a 6-3, 6-2 showdown with Daniela Voloh of James Madison when she was a junior Stella Ribaudo picked up a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 10-6 win over George Mason’s Ashley Fitz-Patrick before falling to Virginia Tech’s Charlotte Cartledge, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4 ).

The singles action continued with the main draw starting on Friday, where the second Emilie Tannenbaum picked up a round of 16 win over Delaware’s Adel-Byanu Abidullina, 6-4, 6-2. Sadly, the contender lost their next game against Ines Oliveira of JMU by a score of 6-4, 6-4 to send them to the consolation draw.

Friday also saw the start of doubles play, as Accola and Tannenbaum opened against VCU’s Victoria Matasova and Yelizaveta Karlova in the round of 16, with the VCU duo prevailing 8-5. Navy’s other pair, Ribaudo and Chaudry, fared no better, with the Mids losing an 8-1 decision to Liberty’s Marina Davtyan and Esther Lovato.

The Mids closed out the weekend on Saturday with two more doubles matches before playing a final round of singles matches. In doubles matchups, Accola and Tannenbaum won a 7-5 match over GMU’s Paige La and Taylor Garcia, while Chaudry and Ribaudo were 7-6 (7-4) losers to Emily Brandow and Julia Abrams of Radford.

Saturday’s singles action saw Tannenbaum defeat William & Mary’s Sofiya Kuzina, 6-2, 6-1 in the consolation bracket, while Accola beat Richmond’s Carly Cohen in an extra match, 7- 5, 6-4. Chaudry and Ribaudo also had extra matches, with Chaudry falling to Matasova, 6-4, 6-1, and Ribaudo losing a three-setter to Delaware’s Toni Nelson, 2-6, 7-5, 10-7.

“It was a good regional championship for us,” said the head coach Keith Puryear. “Each of our four participants had a singles victory and I think we learned a lot from that experience. Although it was good, it could have been better. I feel like we could become one of the best teams in our region if we continue to work hard and work smart the rest of this fall and throughout the spring. In this event, there were definitely opportunities that we left on the table, and in order to continue to grow and to improve, we have to do the little things necessary to constantly capitalize when they arise.”

The Navy wraps up the fall program next weekend, October 28-29, at the Elon Invite in Elon, North Carolina

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