September 27, 2009

W&L Women's Tennis Advances Eight at ITA Regional

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s tennis team advanced eight players and two doubles squads to the next round in the first day of the Wilson ITA Southeast Regional Women’s Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Mary Washington on Saturday.

In the Champion singles flight, W&L advanced three players in the main draw competition tomorrow. Sophomores Jen Snyder (Highland Heights, Ohio/G ilmour Academy), Ellen Yeatman (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central) and senior Blair Brzeski (Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) all claimed their two first-day matches to continue play. Snyder defeated Wilkes University’s Xiaogiao Zhang, 6-3, 6-0, and Salisbury University’s Melissa Follett 6-1, 6-1 to advance and face Johns Hopkins’ Carolyn Warren tomorrow. Yeatmman defeated Hollins University’s Shawnte Woodson, 6-0, 6-0 and took down Randolph-Macon’s Lucy Schermerhorn in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to advance and face Johns Hopkins’ Nandita Krishnan. Brezski defeated Washington College’s Kat Cohen, 6-1, 6-0 and Meredith College’s Kathryn Maples, 6-3, 6-1 and will face Wilkes University’s Melanie Nolt.

In doubles action, the Generals advanced two of four squads in the Champion doubles flight main draw. Sadler and Yeatman defeated DeSales University’s Christine Petrilla and Kate Steiner, 8-1, while Dickinson and Lucas defeated Washington College’s Kat Cohen and Kristine Depew, 8-0, to advance.

In the Blue 1 singles draw, first-year Sallie Griffin (Warrenton, Va./Highland School) advanced after defeating Swarthmore College’s Dina Zingaro, 6-0, 6-0.

The Blue 2 singles draw featured two W&L first-year players. Laura Simmons (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) defeated Guilford College’s Mary Simpson, 6-3, 6-0, and then went on to take down Haverford College’s Fumiko Shogase, 6-1, 6-1. Christina Douglas (Fayetteville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) also advanced to Sunday play, defeating Elizabethtown College’s Alena Marani, 6-0, 6-1 and Johns Hopkin’s Candace Wu, 6-4, 5-7, 10-4.

The Generals return to action tomorrow for day two of the Wilson ITA Southeast Regional.