SURPRISE, Ariz. –Senior Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) continued her run at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships on Thursday, picking up a hard-fought win over Oklahoma State’s Lisa Marie Rioux by a score of 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
Kelley’s win over the No. 16 seeded Rioux pushes the Cavalier into the Round of 16 on Friday. In that match, she will face No. 3 seed Evgeniya Levashova of Pepperdine. Kelley and Levashova faced each other earlier this season at the Riviera/ITA All-American Women’s Championships with Kelley rallying for a three-set victory over the Pepperdine player.
In consolation doubles, the pairing of Kelley and freshman Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) defeated the duo of Arisha Ladhani and Toni Nelson of Denver by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
The 2018 Oracle ITA Fall National Championships serves as the culminating event of the fall portion of the collegiate tennis season. The national tournament features 128 of the nation’s top collegiate singles players (64 men and 64 women) and 64 doubles teams (32 men’s teams and 32 women’s teams). In its second year, having replaced the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the lone event on the collegiate tennis calendar to feature competitors from all five divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO) playing in the same tournament.
Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Lisa Marie Rioux (Okla. State), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
Meghan Kelley/Sofia Munera (UVA) def. Arisha Ladhani/Toni Nelson (UD) – 6-4, 6-3