Opening Day Complete For UE Tennis At ITA’s


Picking up right where they left off at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships, the University of Evansville women’s tennis team had a strong opening day of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional.

In the main draw, Diana Tkachenko opened play against Olha Burak of UT Martin and earned the win, 6-3, 6-1.  Next up for her on Friday is Sadie Hammond from the University of Tennessee.  Chieko Yamada fell in her main draw contest against Claudia Yanes Garcia of Austin Peay, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Evansville went 4-1 in B Draw singles.  Theodora Soldatou had an impressive win as she defeated Vanderbilt’s Payton Robinette, 6-1, 6-2.  She faces Purdue’s Rafaela Baquerizo next.  Daria Pentsova got past Annie Tarwater of Chattanooga, 6-2, 7-6 (0).  Next up for her is Suzanna Stapler of Belmont.

Nicoli Pereira defeated Sarah Beth Crowe of Belmont, 6-2, 6-2, and advances to play Margaux Lacroix of Eastern Kentucky in the second round on Friday.  Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga was also victorious in her opening match-up, earning the win over Zoe Manion of Xavier, 6-2, 6-2.  Up for her on Friday will be Mizuki Sakurai from UT Martin.

Marie Kapelevich dropped her contest against Kristina Tinsley from IUPUI, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

Main draw doubles saw Yamada and Soldatou earn an 8-4 win over Fitz-Randolph and Manion of Xavier.  In the second round, they fell to the duo of Riley and Sawyer from Tennessee, 8-5.

Tkachenko and Pentsova went 2-0 in B Draw doubles.  They opened up with an 8-3 win over Northern Kentucky before getting past Albertson and Kuppig of Austin Peay, 8-3.  Their next opponents will be Dovnik of Purdue and Tarwater of Chattanooga.  Pascual-Larrinaga and Pereira also went a perfect 2-0 on the day.  They opened up with an 8-3 win over Lipscomb before getting past Schmidt-Jorgensen and Collins of Louisville, 8-1.



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