Women's Tennis Has Strong Day Two at ITA Regional
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia women’s tennis team continued play Friday at the ITA Atlantic Regional on the campus of Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers had a strong day two of the event as main draw play began, advancing six singles players and two doubles teams.
In singles, all six Cavaliers in the main draw advanced to the round of 32. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.), the No. 2 seed, opened play with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Thaddea Lock of Marshall. No. 4 seed Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) recorded a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sarah Lotto from Penn State. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) the No. 5 seed, defeated Maggie MacKeever of Maryland 6-4, 6-1. Sixth-seeded Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) topped West Virginia’s Stephanie Lafortuen 6-2, 6-1. Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.), a No. 9-16 seed, advanced with a 6-1, 7-6 win over Lauren Sabacinski of William & Mary. Neela Vaez (Perrysburg, Ohio), who advanced to the main draw through qualifying on Thursday, topped Katherine Bulling of James Madison 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
In doubles, two of the three Cavalier teams in the main draw advanced. Top-seeded Stevens and Tomljanovic cruised to an 8-1 win over Kuehn and Sebia of Georgetown. No. 3 seeded Hardenbergh and Vierra defeated Kedzierski and Robinson of Saint Joseph’s 8-3. Vaez and Riley Blanks (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who reached the main draw through qualifying, lost to No. 5 seed Blakely and Johnson of Virginia Tech 9-7 in the first round of the main draw.
The tournament continues Saturday with the round of 32 and round of 16 of singles and the round of 16 of doubles.