Women’s Tennis Concludes Fall Season at the ITA Atlantic Regional
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Navy women’s tennis team concluded its fall tournament season at the ITA Atlantic Regional at Virginia Tech this past weekend. The Mids had seven players competing at the ITA Atlantic Regional.
“This was a good way to end the fall season for the players that were able to go,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “The parity in the region is really apparent and every single match was a battle. This is the first time that we have had a doubles team seeded, so that was a big plus for us. There were some positive takeaways from the weekend, but there is still a lot we need to continue to work on.”
Navy senior Claudia Mackenzie and sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors won their opening match in the main doubles draw Round of 64 over Mount St. Mary’s Alexa Quintanilla and Megan Gamble, 8-1. The pair then fell in the Round of 32 to No. 14 Emily Dunbar and Dessislava Zlateva of Richmond, 8-5.
Navy senior Amanda Keller and sophomore Kaylah Hodge were ranked 16th in the doubles draw and received a bye into the Round of 32. However, Penn State’s Frederikke Svarre and Hannah Wikberg bested the Navy duo in the Round of 32, 8-5.
Keller was the lone Mid to compete in the main singles draw at the ITA Atlantic Regional. Keller fell to Liberty’s Ashley Bongart in the Round of 64, 6-2, 6-0.
Sophomore Ansofi Wreder was placed in the singles qualifying draw at the regional championship. Wreder was bested by Georgetown’s Drew Spinosa in three sets in the qualifying draw’s first round, 6-1, 6-7, 7-5.
Navy also played a number of “extra” singles and doubles matches at Virginia Tech. In singles play, senior Carlee Conway defeated Pittsburgh’s Clara Lucas, 6-4, 6-4, junior Catalina Rico defeated Mount St. Mary’s Hannah Davis, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) and Louie-Meadors defeated Radford’s Zoe Fraser, 6-4, 6-2. Hodge lost a close 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) match to Mount St. Mary’s Hannah Davis.
The ITA Atlantic Regional was Navy’s final competition of the fall season. The Mids will begin their spring dual season at home against Penn State on Jan. 14.
ITA Atlantic Regional Results Main Singles Draw Round of 64 Ashley Bongart (Liberty) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 6-2, 6-0
Singles Qualifying Draw Drew Spinosa (Georgetown) def. Ansofi Wreder (Navy), 6-1, 6-7, 7-5
Singles Extra Matches Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Clara Lucas (Pitt), 6-4, 6-4 Catalina Rico (Navy) def. Hannah Davis (Mount St. Mary’s), 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Zoe Fraser (Radford), 6-4, 6-2 Natalie Sayer (Radford) def. Kaylah Hodge (Navy), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
Doubles Main Draw Round of 64 Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Alexa Quintanilla / Megan Gamble (Mount St. Mary’s), 8-1 Round of 32 Frederikke Svarre / Hannah Wikberg (Penn State) def. #16 Kaylah Hodge / Amanda Keller (Navy), 8-5 #14 Emily Dunbar / Dessislava Zlateva (Richmond) def. Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy), 8-5