Rams Compete in 2016 ITA Regionals

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.

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    "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."

The Results

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 (2-1)
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 (1-1)
Berezhnaya/Aubets def. Sapogova/Shukow (Penn State), 8-4
Turhan/Pomyatinskaya (Marshall) def. Berezhnaya/Aubets, 8-6

 
 
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