Women’s Tennis: Mathis Advances at ITA Regionals

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • October 22, 2011 08:04 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In her opening round matchup in the Women’s Singles draw of the ITA Atlantic Regional in Norfolk, Va., junior Emily Mathis defeated Liberty’s Cameron Richard, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“Emily put up a great fight and had a willingness to do what it takes even if she wasn’t comfortable,” said coach Tina Samara. “She lost to (Cameron) Richard twice last year, and today’s result was a great improvement from last year. She has truly set the standard this fall.”

With the victory, Mathis will now face No. 10 seeded Marlen Mesgarzadeh of William & Mary on Sunday in the round of 32 of the Women’s Singles draw on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Also playing in the Women’s Singles draw on Saturday was sophomore Melis Tanik.

Tanik squared off against Georgetown’s Tina Tehrani in her opening round matchup and lost, 7-5, 6-4.

“Melis was up 5-2 in the first set, but she let her opponent back into the match,” Samara said. “Her attitude was subpar and it is no surprise the match turned out like it did. This is a good example of where Melis is currently at and where the top players in the country are. The top players in the country uphold a certain set of behaviors that this team needs to learn from.”

In Women’s Doubles play, sophomore Mary Chupa and Tanik opened yesterday’s first round with a victory and were set to face Emily Fraser and Hana Tomljanovic of Virginia on Saturday.

The Mountaineers’ combo of Tanik and Chupa battled hard, but fell to the No. 2 seeded tandem of Fraser and Tomlijanovic, 8-6.

Action in the ITA Atlantic Regional will resume Sunday morning at 9 a.m.