MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University tennis team opened day one of the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional today with two wins in singles play and one in doubles.
“It had been two weeks since our last matches and we saw some good things today,” says coach Miha Lisac. “Tomorrow will be another good challenge for everyone to get better in our approach and in our games.”
In the singles qualifying draw bracket, sophomore Vivian Tsui
opened the day with a strong performance against Norfolk State’s Andrea Macchiavello, winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. In round two, Tsui battled Umarah Mughee of Howard through three sets, coming away with the 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, victory.
Freshman Oana Manole
competed in the extra matches bracket and fell to Shannon Cleary of UMBC in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
In the doubles main draw bracket, WVU’s freshmen tandem of Kaja Mrgole
and Manole earned its second win of the fall, defeating Temple’s Yana Mavrina and Anais Nussaume, 8-7 (6).
WVU has a full slate of matches tomorrow, beginning with the No. 7-seeded doubles pair of sophomore Hailey Barrett
and junior Ikttesh Chahal
at 10:30 a.m. against Maryland’s Nataliya Bredikhina and Olga Bredikhina.
Mrgole and Manole will play the No. 5-seeded pair from Virginia of Danielle Collins and Li Xi at 9 a.m.
In the main singles draw bracket, Barrett faces Virginia Tech’s Francesca Fusinato at 1 p.m. Mrgole, who leads the Mountaineers with five singles wins this fall, opens her singles tournament against No. 10-ranked Xi of the Cavaliers at 2:30 p.m. Chahal opens singles play at 3:30 p.m. against No. 8 Ilinca Stoica of Virginia Tech.
With two victories today, Tsui has qualified for the singles main draw bracket and will play Pitt’s Katherine Castro in round one tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.