CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –  Junior Natasha Subhash won the singles title at the ITA Atlantic Regional  Women’s Tennis Championships that took place Friday through Monday, Oct. 22-25, at the Virginia Tennis Facility at the Boar’s Head Resort.

Subhash, who also won the title as a freshman in 2019, defeated fellow Cavalier, freshman Elaine Chervinsky, 6-4, 6-2, in Monday’s final. Sophomore Hibah Shaikh and freshman Melodie Collard were the runners-up in the doubles championship, being edged by the region’s top seeds, Tatsiana Sasnouskaya and Yuliia Starodubtseva of Old Dominion 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5), 10-4.

By virtue of being finalists in their respective events, all four players will advance to compete at the ITA Fall National Championships, being held Nov. 4-7 in San Diego.

For the first time, the Intercollegiate Tennis Associations’ regional championships were split with qualifying matches happening at different regional sites earlier this month. Sixteen singles players and eight doubles teams earned spots through qualifying. The remaining 16 singles players and eight doubles teams earned direct entry into this week’s Super Regional by virtue of their ITA and/or UTR ranking. Shaikh earned a spot in the singles championship through qualifying while Sara Ziodato, Sofia Munera, Subhash, Collard, Chervinsky and Subhash all were direct entries into the field. Subhash was the top seed in the draw, Chervinsky the two-seed and Collard the three.

On the opening day of action, all three doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals. Subhash and Munera, the No. 2 seed, opened play with an 8-4 win against Stella Wiesemann and Katarina Marinkovikj of George Washington. Shaikh and Collard, the No. 3 seeds, won their opener in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (2) against Karly Friedland and Alexandra Nielsen of Penn State. Chervinsky and Ziodato, the No. 4 seed, moved on with an 8-5 win against Gabrielle O’Gorman and Sofiya Chekhiystova of Penn State.

Four Cavaliers won their opening singles matches to advance to Saturday’s Round of 16. Top-seeded Subhash won 6-1, 6-0 against Momoko Nagato. Collard topped Sofia Johnson 6-3, 6-3. Sara Ziodato won 6-4, 6-2 against Mary Brumfield. Chervinsky battled to a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 win against Selma Cadar of Maryland. Shaikh was edged in her opener and Munera retired while down a set and trailing 5-4 in the second.

On Saturday, all four Cavaliers won their singles matches to advance to the quarterfinals with Subahsh and Chervinsky advancing to the semifinals. In the quarters, Subhash dropped her first set 6-2 against Mila Saric of William & Mary but rallied for 7-5 and 6-2 wins in the second and third set to advance. Chervinsky topped Sofiya Chekhlystova 6-4, 7-5 to earn her spot in the semis. On Sunday, Subhash topped Tatsiana Sasnouskaya 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 to earn her spot in the final. Chervinsky won 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (3) against Yuliia Starodubtseva also of Old Dominion.

The Cavaliers advanced two teams to Sunday’s doubles semifinals. Chervinsky and Ziodato blanked Old Dominion’s Sofia Johnson and Aleysa Yakubovich 8-0 to advance. Melodie Collard and Hibah Shaikh won 8-6 against a West Virginia tandem to advance. On Sunday, Shaikh and Collard won 6-4, 6-3 against a Maryland team to earn their spot in the final.

This is the fourth time that a UVA player has won the regional title. Subhash is the first Cavalier to repeat as Danielle Collins and Julia Elbaba each one once.

Singles competition

32 Natasha Subhash (Virginia) def. Momoko Nagato (West Virginia) 6-1, 6-0
16 Natasha Subhash (Virginia) def. Daria Afanasyeva (James Madison) 6-4, 6-0
qf Natasha Subhash (Virginia) def. Mila Saric (William & Mary) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
sf Natasha Subhash (Virginia) def. T Sasnouskaya (Old Dominion) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
f Natasha Subhash (Virginia) def. Elaine Chervinsky (Virginia) 6-4, 6-2

32 Elaine Chervinsky (Virginia) def. Selma Cadar (Maryland) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
16 Elaine Chervinsky (Virginia) def. Anastasia Bovolskaya (West Virginia) 7-6, 6-3
qf Elaine Chervinsky (Virginia) def.  Sofiya Chekhiystova (Penn State) 6-4, 7-5
sf Elaine Chervinsky (Virginia) def. Y Starodubtseva (Old Dominion) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6
f Natasha Subhash (Virginia) def. Elaine Chervinsky (Virginia) 6-4, 6-2

32 Melodie Collard (Virginia) def. Sofia Johnson (Old Dominion) 6-3, 6-3
16 Melodie Collard (Virginia) def. Marta Perez Mar (Maryland) 6-3, 6-1
qf T Sasnouskaya (Old Dominion) def. Melodie Collard (Virginia) 6-2, 6-3

32 Sara Ziodato (Virginia) def. Mary Brumfield (Maryland) 6-4, 6-2
16 Sara Ziodato (Virginia) def. A Viktorovich (Old Dominion) 6-4, 6-3
qf Y Starodubtseva (Old Dominion) def. Sara Ziodato (Virginia) 6-0, 6-3

32 Sofiya Chekhiystova (Penn State) def. Hibah Shaikh (Virginia) 6-0, 6-3
32 Yvonna Zuffova (Penn State) def. Sofia Munera (Virginia) 7-5, 5-4, retired

Bonus Singles Matches
Hibah Shaikh (Virginia) def. Francesca Feodorov (Maryland) 6-2, 6-2
Maria Parra Romero (Liberty) def. Hibah Shaikh (Virginia) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7
Nicole Kiefer (Virginia) def. Momoko Nagato (West Virginia) 0-6, 6-4, 10-7
Nicole Kiefer (Virginia) def. Sahar Biran (Old Dominion) 6-2, 4-6, 10-4

Doubles competition

16 Melodie Collard/Hibah Shaikh (Virginia) def. Karly Friedland/Alexandra Nielsen (Penn State) 8-7
qf Melodie Collard/Hibah Shaikh (Virginia) def. Momoko Nagato/Penny Hsieh (West Virginia) 8-6
sf Melodie Collard/Hibah Shaikh (Virginia) def. JoJo Bach/Marta Perez Mar (Maryland) 6-3, 6-4
f T Sasnouskaya/Y Starodubtseva (Old Dominion) def. Melodie Collard/Hibah Shaikh (Virginia) 6-7, 7-6, 10-4

16 Elaine Chervinsky/Sara Ziodato (Virginia) def. Gabrielle O’Gorman/Sofiya Chekhiystova (Penn State) 8-5
qf Elaine Chervinsky/Sara Ziodato (Virginia) def. Sofia Johnson/Alesya Yakubovich (Old Dominion) 8-0
sf T Sasnouskaya/Y Starodubtseva (Old Dominion) def. Elaine Chervinsky/Sara Ziodato (Virginia) 6-1, 6-1

16 #4 Natasha Subhash/Sofia Munera (Virginia) def. Stella Wiesemann/Katarina Marinkovikj (George Washington) 8-4
qf Marta Perez Mar/JoJo Bach (Maryland) def. #4 Natasha Subhash/Sofia Munera (Virginia) 8-7


George Washington, Georgetown, James Madison, Maryland, Old Dominion, Penn State, VCU, West Virginia and Virginia will have players competing in the tournament


Friday, October 22

  • Play beginning at 9:00 am with the Doubles Round of 16 (pro set to 8, tiebreak at 7-7)
  • Not before 11:30 first wave of Singles Round of 32, followed by the second wave

Saturday, October 23

  • Play beginning at 8:30 am with Singles Round of 16
  • Not before 12:00 pm Singles Quarterfinals
  • Not before 3:00 pm Doubles Quarterfinals

Sunday, October 24

  • Play beginning at 10:00 am with Singles Semifinals
  • Not before 1:00 pm Doubles Semifinals (shifts to 2 out of 3 sets with 10 pt breaker in lieu of 3rd set)

Monday, October 25

  • Doubles final beginning at 1:30 pm
  • Singles final beginning at 2 pm