Women's Tennis Continues to Win on Day Two of the ITA Regional
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – The Utah women's tennis team continued its winning ways on the second day of the ITA Mountain Regional Championships as they went 6-1. Utah's two players, Anastasia Goncharova and Kaila Barksdale, advance to the singles draw quarterfinals.
"Another solid day for our group," remarked head coach Ric Mortera. "I thought we made some improvements in our doubles from yesterday, but we still have some things we certainly need to focus on the rest of the way. Singles wise I was happy with our efforts, and we did a good job with a lot of the adjustments that were made in our matches. We still need to execute better in some situations, but we are making some positive strides. It was a good showing today, and I am happy for the group."
The regional doubles champion and the regional singles champion and finalists qualify for the ITA National Fall Championships from November 4-7 in San Diego, California.
The third-seeded doubles team of Madison Tattini and Anastasia Goncharova opened up the second round with a win. The duo faced Grace Haugen and Lauren Dunlap of Montana and came away with an 8-6 victory. The 8th-seeded team of Kaila Barksdale and Marcela Lopez kept the winning going as they earned an 8-2 win over Marta Garcia-Reboredo and Mirte Van Baelen of Montana State.
In singles action, third-seeded Goncharova faced off against Utah State's Lisa Kung. Goncharova came away with a 6-1, 6-1 victory advancing to the round of 16. She continued her winning ways in the round of 16 when she matched up with Andrea Beltran of Denver. After dropping the first set to Beltran, 6-4, Goncharova came away with the next two sets, 7-5, 6-1, to earn the victory and advance to the quarterfinals.
Her teammate, 9th-seeded Kaila Barksdale, came away with two single wins on the day. She opened the day with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sofia Markova of Northern Arizona. She faced Caroline Driscoll of Denver in the round of 16. Barksdale continued to pick up victories as she won 6-4, 6-4, advancing to the quarterfinals, where she will face teammate Goncharova on Friday.
Marcela Lopez was also in the round of 32 for the Utes as she faced Taylor Melville of Denver. Lopez battled but would come up short in the round of 32 as she was defeated 6-4, 7-6.
Friday will see the Round of 16 and Quarterfinal round of doubles, and the quarterfinal action of singles play, starting at 10 a.m. MT. Admission to all matches is free of charge.
ITA Mountain Regionals – Day 2 Results
Doubles (Main Draw) – Second Round
8th-Seeded Kaila Barksdale/Marcela Lopez (UU) def. Marta Garcia-Reboredo/ Van Baelen (MSU), 8-2
3rd-Seeded Madison Tattini/Anastasia Goncharova (UU) def. Grace Haugen/Lauren Dunlap (MONT), 8-6
Singles (Main Draw) – Second Round
3rd-Seeded Anastasia Goncharova (UU) def. Lisa Kung (USU), 6-1, 6-1
9th-seeded Kaila Barksdale (UU) def. Sofia Markova (NAU), 6-4, 6-3
Taylor Melville (DU) def. Marcela Lopez (UU), 6-4, 7-6
Singles (Main Draw) – Round of 16
3rd-seeded Anastasia Goncharova (UU) def. Andrea Beltran (DU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
9th-seeded Kaila Barksdale (UU) def. Caroline Driscoll (DU), 6-4, 6-4
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