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Tennis Has Strong Start at ITA Regionals

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 1, 2021)  The West Virginia University tennis team had a strong performance in the opening round of doubles and singles play to kickoff tournament action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women’s Atlantic Regional on Friday, at the Liberty Tennis Complex in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

“It was a good day on the courts today for our team,” coach Miha Lisac said. “We performed well overall and upheld our competition standards. We’ll continue to get better tomorrow through singles and doubles matches.”

Doubles Recap

West Virginia was off to a strong start after No.1-seed freshman Camilla Bossi and sophomore Ting-Pei Chang opened up with a stellar performance defeating JMU’s Natalie Nikolopoulou and Amanda Nord, 6-2.

Junior Penny Hsieh paired with sophomore Momoko Nagato bagged the Mountaineers’ second doubles victory in the round of 64, as the duo upset Marshall’s No.8-seed Rieke Gillar and Gabrielle Clairotte 6-2.

Bossi/Chang and Hsieh/Nagato advance to the doubles round of 16.

Serving as WVU’s lone doubles loss Friday morning, freshmen Kendall Kovick and Michaela Kucharova battled back and forth with Virginia Tech’s No.7-seed Annie Clark and Katie Andreini. The contest was knotted up at 7-7, and in the tiebreaker, Kovick and Kucharova, fell short 7-6.

Singles Recap

In the main singles draw, No.9-seed freshman Kovick defeated Marshall’s Emma Vanderheyden in a knock-out performance. After winning the first set 6-3, Kovick fell to Vanderheyden 4-6 before claiming the final frame, 6-2. 

Junior Penny Hsieh suffered the Mountaineers’ lone singles setback in the first day, as she fell to JMU’s Hope Moulin. Getting the chance to redeem herself in a draw-back match, Hsieh defeated MU’s Clairotte in a toe-to-toe contest, 10-7.

No.11-seed Nagato kept things rolling and only allowed VCU’s Anja Draskovic to score one point throughout play (6-1, 6-0). Chang notched another win for WVU after claiming a 6-2,6-4 set over Radford’s Camryn McClure.

Freshman Bossi and Kucharova kept the Mountaineers’ on the winning side of things, No.10-seed Bossi battled it out with William and Mary’s Emma Fernald and ultimately took the set, 7-6(5), 6-3, while No.12-seed Kucharova defeated Radford’s Salma Loudili, 7-5, 6-0.

With its six singles victories today, each Mountaineer advances to the singles round of 32.

Doubles Results

  • Camilla Bossi/Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) def. Natalie Nikolopoulou and Amanda Nord (JMU), 6-2
  • Momoko Nagato/Penny Hsieh (WVU) def. Rieke Gillar/Gabrielle Clairotte 6-2. (MARSHALL), 6-2
  • Annie Clark/Katie Andreini (VT) def. Kendall Kovick/Michaela Kucharova (WVU), 7-6 (7-4)

Singles Results

  • Kendall Kovick (WVU) def. Emma Vanderheyden (MARSHALL), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
  • Camilla Bossi (WVU) def. Emma Fernald (W&M), 7-6(5), 6-3
  • Michaela Kucharova (WVU) def. Salma Loudili (RADFORD), 7-5, 6-0
  • Hope Moulin (JMU) def. Penny Hsieh (WVU), 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
  • Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) def. Camryn McClure (RADFORD), 6-2, 6-4
  • Momoko Nagato (WVU) def. Anja Draskovic (VCU), 6-1, 6-0
  • Penny Hsieh (WVU) def. Gabrielle Clairotte (MARSHALL), 4-6, 6-3 (10-7)

Looking Ahead

West Virginia is scheduled to open tomorrows round of 16 against Virginia Tech. Bossi and Chang are set to square off against Erika Cheng and Chhinda Som, while Nagato and Hsieh will take on Elizabet Danailova and Sabrina Richtrova. 

In tomorrow’s singles main draw of 32, No.9-seed Kovick is scheduled to play Liberty’s Tiffany Nguyen, while No.10-seed Bossi will go face-to-face with Radford’s Malin Falk. 

No.12-seed Kucharova is set for a matchup with JMU’s Nord. Nagato and Hsieh will both battle in singles against VT. Hsieh plays Som, while Nagato will see Dariya Radulova. 

Sophomore Chang will go toe-to-toe against Old Dominion’s No.2-seed Alesya Yakubovich.

Live stream and keep with draw’s, via PlaySight, for fans wishing to follow the second day of ITA Atlantic Regional.

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