W&L Women's Tennis in action on day one of ITA Southeast Regionals

Valerie Marshall

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The No. 15 Washington and Lee women's tennis team opened play at the ITA Southeast Region Championships on Saturday on the campus of Mary Washington University.

Junior Madison Hutchins (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster School) competed in Flight C of singles competition and earned 8-0 and 8-6 victories to advance to the semifinals before retiring trailing 3-2 to Muhlenberg's Caroline Armknecht.

Among other singles winners were first-years Georgia Wright (Austin Texas/Regents School of Austin) and Taylor Garcia (Mandeville, La./Mount Carmel Academy) and sophomore Valerie Marshall (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) who all earned wins in the round of 64 before falling in the round of 32. 

In doubles action, Hutchins teamed up with senior Melinda Kauffman (Fuquay Varina, N.C./North Raleigh Christian Academy) as the duo emerged victorious, 8-4, over Salisbury's Taylor Cooper and Laura Brown followed by an 8-2 win over Bridgewater's Nicole Shifflett and Whitney Kiser.

Junior Anna Kreynin partnered with Garcia in doubles as the two won their Round of 32 matchup, 8-3, against Haverford's team of Claire Johnson and Natalie Williams before falling in the quarterfinals, 8-6, to Swarthmore's Sonia Varma and Julia Gokhberg.

Kauffman and Hutchins will continue their run at the Flight B Doubles Championship on Sunday at 9:30 am with a semifinal match against Johns Hopkins' Chrissy Simon and Margo Gerke. The rest of the Generals will compete in consolation matches throughout the day. 

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Anna Kreynin – Championships Singles
Round of 64: Julia Gokhberg (SWART) def. Anna Kreynin (WLU), 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Consolation: vs. Rachel Neeleman (SVU, Sunday, 2:45 pm)

Claire Lacksen – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Anjali Kashyap (JHU) def. Claire Lacksen (WLU), 6-1, 6-0
Consolation: vs. Emma Wu (F&M, Sunday, 3:00 pm)

Georgia Wright – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Georgia Wright (WLU) def. Lexi Epstein (DC), 6-0, 6-0
Round of 32: Dhanya Asokumar (JHU) def. Georgia Wright (WLU), 6-0, 6-4

Gabby Moore – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Christina Harris (LYN) def. Gabby Moore (WLU), 7-6 (6), 6-1
Consolation: vs. Courtney Ollis (CMU, Sunday, 3:45 pm)

Mary Hampton McNeal – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Sophie Brown (SWART) def. Mary Hampton McNeal (WLU), 6-0, 6-4
Consolation: vs. Cecilia Cress (WCMD, Sunday, 3:45)

Taylor Garcia – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Taylor Garcia (WLU) def. Chrissy Simon (JHU), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4
Round of 32: Heidi Sarkkinen (AV) def. Taylor Garcia (WLU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Valerie Marshall – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Valerie Marshall (WLU) def. Maria Stere (MUHL), 6-0, 6-0
Round of 32: Amanda Yermal (CNU) def. Valerie Marshall (WLU), 7-6 (4), 7-5

Melinda Kauffman – Championship Singles
Round of 16: Laura Brown (SU) def. Melinda Kauffman (WLU), 8-3
Consolation: vs. Emily Sprague (DC, Sunday, 6:00 pm)

Madison Hutchins – Championship Singles
Round of 16: Madison Hutchins (WLU) def. Kirstyn Davidson (STEV), 8-0
Quarterfinals: Madison Hutchins (WLU) def. Sydney Soto (SU), 8-6
Semifinals: Caroline Armknecht (MUHL) def. Madison Hutchins (WLU), 3-2. Retire

Anna Kreynin/Taylor Garcia – Championship Doubles
Round of 32: Kreynin/Garcia (WLU) def. Johnson/Williams (HAV), 8-3
Round of 16: Varma/Gokhberg (SWART) def. Kreynin/Garcia (WLU), 8-6

Georgia Wright/Claire Lacksen – Championship Doubles
Round of 32: Gunwardena/Asokumar (JHU) def. Wright/Lacksen (WLU), 8-6
Consolation: vs. Olsen/Stere (MUHL, Sunday, 9:00 am)

Mary Hampton McNeal/Gabby Moore – Championship Doubles
Round of 32: Ranta-Aho/Reed (CNU) def. McNeal/Moore (WLU), 8-3
Consolation: vs. Brown/Wee (SWART, Sunday, 9:00 am)

Melinda Kauffman/Madison Hutchins – Championship Doubles
Round of 16: Kauffman/Hutchins (WLU) def. Cooper/Brown (SU), 8-4
Quarterfinals: Kauffman/Hutchins (WLU) def. Shifflett/Kiser (BC), 8-2
Semifinals: vs. Simon/Gerke (JHU, Sunday, 9:30)