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Oct. 8, 2001

PROVIDENCE, RI – The University of Virginia women’s tennis team had six players advance to the quarterfinal round in the singles draws of the 2001 Brown Invitational this weekend (Oct. 5-7). Two Virginia doubles teams also advanced to the finals in the doubles draw, with Dora Bechliwanis and Jennifer Tuchband capturing the flight “B” doubles title.

Tuchband, a junior, advanced to the quarterfinals in flight “A” singles, with a first round win over Lynsay Fick of Purdue, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9, and a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Boston College’s Allison Ashley. Tuchband lost her quarterfinal match to Harvard’s Alexis Martire, -2, 6-1. Senior

Amy O’Donnell and freshman Dora Bechliwanis both won first-and second-round matches in the “B” flight to advance to the quarterfinals, before both players lost in the quarters. O’Donnell defeated Shawna Zuccarini from Purdue, 6-3, 6-0, and Boston College’s Morgan Landes, 6-2, 6-3, before losing a close match to Harvard’s Susanna Lingman, 2-6, 7-5, 11-9. Bechliwanis defeated BC’s Anisha Fernando, 6-2, 6-2, and Lara Bugarella from Purdue, 6-0, 6-2. She lost her quarterfinal match to Harvard’s Fleur Broughton, 6-2, 7-5.

Meanwhile, Marta Bechliwanis, Dora’s sister, and Christine Kim advanced to the quarterfinals in the “C” flight. Marta notched wins over Emily Hellberg from Boston College (6-0. 6-1) and Lisa Glas from Boston University (2-6, 6-6, 10-4), before withdrawing from the tournament. Kim defeated BU’s Alana Marcu, 6-2, 6-2, and BC’s Jessica Engle, 6-2, 6-1. She lost in the quarters to Ashley Hyote from Harvard, 6-1, 6-4.

Elizabeth Hornberger won two matches to find herself in the quarterfinals of the “D” flight. She beat Kyla Hunte (Brown), 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, in the first round, and BU’s Vanessa Fang, 6-1, 6-1 in the second round, before losing in the quarterfinals to Jennie Timoney from Harvard, 7-5, 6-1.

Sophomore Laura James lost, 6-0, 7-5, in her first-round “D” flight match, before mounting a charge in the back draw and advancing to the finals of the flight “D” singles feed-in championship. James captured a 6-3, 6-1 win over Candace Garcia (Brown), a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Rene Deyzel from Temple, and a 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Catie McLevish of Purdue.

In doubles, Dora Bechliwanis and Tuchband teamed to capture the “B” flight doubles championship, with wins over teams from Brown, Purdue, and Harvard. In “D” flight singles play, top-seeded James and Hornberger advanced to the semifinals by notching wins over teams from Boston University and Boston College. The duo fell in the championship match, 8-3, to Jennie Timoney and Lara Naqushbandi from Harvard.

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