ITA Ohio Valley Regional to complete fall play for UE tennis


Fall play for the University of Evansville women’s tennis team wraps up this weekend as the team heads to Murfreesboro, Tenn. for the ITA Ohio Valley Regional.

Middle Tennessee State will be the host of the event, which begins on Thursday and concludes with the finals on Monday.

The Purple Aces are coming off of a strong outing at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships over the weekend in Normal, Ill.  In Monday’s final day of action, UE saw Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga and Theodora Soldatou take the championships in their respective flights.

Pascual-Larrinaga took top honors in flight four as she defeated Ivon Mihaleva from Illinois State, 6-1, 6-1.  Soldatou was the top finisher in the sixth flight.  She beat Drake’s Megan Webb, 6-2, 6-4, in the final.  Both went a perfect 3-0 on their way to the conference championships.

Nicoli Pereira made it to the finals of flight five, but dropped her finals match-up against DU’s Elizaveta Petushkova, 6-3, 6-0.

Other action in the final day of play saw Diana Tkachenko earn third place at flight one.  Facing off against Missouri State’s Alye Darter, Tkachenko won, 6-2, 6-2.  Marie Kapelevich also earned a third place win, topping MSU’s Abbey Belote, 6-1, 6-1.  They squared off in flight seven.

Daria Pentsova and Tkachenko played Drake in the finals of flight two doubles with the Bulldogs coming out on top, 8-6.  At flight one, Chieko Yamada and Soldatou came home in fourth place, falling by an 8-3 final to Drake on Monday.  Pascual-Larrinaga and Pereira earned the 6th spot at #3 doubles.



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