Women’s Tennis: WVU Prepares for Final Fall Event

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • October 20, 2011 11:20 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s tennis team will travel to Norfolk, Va., this weekend for the ITA Atlantic Regional, which is the final event of the fall season for the Mountaineers.

Action is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday morning, Oct. 21.

In total, 25 schools will compete in the Regional tournament, including familiar foes Virginia Tech, Pitt, Virginia and Marshall.

“The same four kids that went to Georgia are going to play at Regionals,” says coach Tina Samara. “Hopefully, we can build off of the progress that we made there and the positives that we saw competing against those top programs.”

Sophomore Melis Tanik and junior Emily Mathis will compete in the 64-player Singles draw, with their first round matchups coming against Tina Tehrani of Georgetown and Cameron Richard of Liberty, respectively.

Both of those matches are slated for play on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Mathis is looking to continue her strong play of late, as she advanced to the Flight A Singles final in the Martha Thorn Invitational two weeks ago, along with nearly upsetting No. 62-ranked Brooke Belander of Michigan last weekend at the Bulldog Tennis Invitational.

“It is all about heart and Emily’s sheer desire to win,” Samara says. “She is proving that you can overcome a lot by working hard. She is not a big kid and doesn’t have a big weapon, but she has a big heart.”

Freshman Ikttesh Chahal and sophomore Mary Chupa will compete in the Singles Qualifying draw, in which play is set to begin on Friday morning.

Chahal will square off against Longwood’s Malin Allgurin, while Chupa will be matched against No. 4-seeded Alex Smyth of Richmond.

In the Women’s Open Doubles draw that will begin action on Friday, Mathis and Chahal will face off against Mimi Hamling and Zoe Krohn of George Washington, while Tanik and Chupa are set to play Liberty’s Cameron Richard and Brittany Yang.

“Some things have changed with our doubles due to injuries, but Melis and Mary have continued to improve, while Emily and Ikttesh are working out some kinks,” says Samara. “Each of these players has started out with new partners this season.”

Updates on the ITA Atlantic Regional will be provided throughout the weekend on MSNsportsNET.com.


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