Norfolk, Va.- Junior Darya Berezhnaya contributed a strong individual performance at the 2016 Women's ITA Regional Championships. The Black and Gold compiled an overall 6-4 record in singles play.
Berezhnaya was off to a hot start in the qualifying round. In both matches she won consecutive sets against Duquesne's Julianne Herman and JMU's Rachel Nelson. Berezhnaya finished with an overall 3-1 record. Her only loss came in the Round of 64 where she fell 6-2, 6-2 to William and Mary's Marie Faure, ranked 117th by the ITA.
Sophomores Janina Braun, Magda Aubets and Anna Rasmussen each finished singles play with a 1-1 record. Braun defeated cross-town rival Richmond's Gaby Rosales 7-6, 6-0 in her first match.
Rasmussen and Braun posted a 2-1 record with their strong doubles play. The duo proved to be resilient in their first two matches. They defeated Penn State's Katia Blik and Devan McCluskey 8-7 (7-5) and then went on to beat Pittsburgh's Lolade Ogungbesan and Audrey Blakely 8-7 (7-4).
Berezhnaya and Aubets also teamed up in doubles play. The pair finished with a 1-1 record with a win over Penn State's Taylor Shukow and Dasha Sapogova.
The Rams are back in action Oct. 28-30 at the Hokie Fall Invite in Blacksburg, Virginia.
"I am proud of our girls for their play in the Regionals. This tournament has the best players from the Mid-Atlantic Region, and the level of play is very high on every court. We came short in some of the matches but overall it was a very positive experience. The tough losses we got were from the girls that finished from the top 4 in singles and the top 2 in doubles. The girls showed a lot of fight, heart and determination. We were able to play against very strong opponents, and got some invaluable match play experience for our fall season."
Darya Berezhnaya (3-1)
Berezhnaya def. Herman (Duquesne), 6-1, 6-3
Berezhnaya def. Rachel Nelson (JMU), 6-3, 6-4
Faure (W&M) def. Berezhnaya, 6-2, 6-2
Berezhnaya def. Zuhse (PSU), 6-4, 6-2
Janina Braun (1-1)
Braun def. Rosales (Richmond), 7-6, 6-0
Mercer (UVA) def. Braun, 6-3, 6-0
Magda Aubets (1-1)
Smith (PSU) def. Aubets, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2
Aubets def. Siopacha (GW), 6-0, 6-4
Anna Rasmussen (1-1)
Novotna (VT) def. Rasmussen, 6-3, 7-5
Rasmussen def. Roka (JMU), 6-2, 6-0
Rasmussen/Braun def. Blik/McCluskey (Penn State), 8-7, (7-5)
Rasmussen/Braun def. Blakely/Ogungbesan (Pitt), 8-7, (7-4)
Stanova/Hovsepyan (UMD) def. Rasmussen/Braun, 8-6
Berezhnaya/Aubets def. Sapogova/Shukow (Penn State), 8-4
Turhan/Pomyatinskaya (Marshall) def. Berezhnaya/Aubets, 8-6