Women’s Tennis Looks to Defend ITA South Region Doubles Title

Women’s Tennis Looks to Defend ITA South Region Doubles Title

Valdosta, Ga. – A flurry of unfortunate injuries hindered Lynn University's women's tennis team's momentum on the second and third days of the ITA South Region Championships this weekend, but the Fighting Knights are still in a position to bring home the doubles crown for the third year in a row. Diana Bogolii and newcomer Jan Abaza are locked in for tomorrow morning's doubles final.

INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Event: ITA 2017 South Region Championships, presented by Oracle
Host: Valdosta State University
Location: McKey Park / VSU Tennis Courts | Valdosta, Ga.
Tournament Dates: Sept. 22-25
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SINGLES DRAW:
Third Round

  • All four Fighting Knights competing posted straight-set victories in the Round of 32.
  • Tereza Hejlova knocked off Aneta Golawska of Mississippi College, 6-1, 6-4.
  • Bogolii, the third seed in the singles draw, secured a 6-2, 6-2 win over Fabiana Vitanza out of Rollins.
  • After taking the opening set (6-4) against VSU's Daniella Barta, fourth-seeded Abaza closed out the Blazer on her home court with a 6-0 second-set tally.
  • Natalie Kallmunzerova won the first set 6-4 before her opponent, Verena Schmid from Barry, was forced to retire.

Fourth Round

  • Hejlova looked sharp with a 3-1 lead in the first set over the top-seeded player in the tournament – Florida Southern's Sasha Nionava – before an injury ended the Fighting Knights' weekend prematurely.
  • Bogolii pushed through to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over 12th-seeded Marta Vicens Miguel (Saint Leo).
  • Abaza blew by 16th-seeded Sabrina Schmidt (VSU), 6-2, 6-0.
  • Kallmunzerova posted the most dominant Lynn victory in the Round of 16, getting past Montevallo's Kalaga Bhargavi in straight sets (6-0, 6-1).

Quarterfinals

  • Kallmunzerova, a freshman, was the only Lynn player to secure a spot in the semifinals, boasting another dominate performance with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of the seventh-seed, Alina Munteanua (Montevallo).
  • Bogolii, the singles champion at this event last year, faced a tough opponent in UWF's fifth-seeded Paula Coyos, falling to the Argo in a third-set super breaker (7-6 (4), 2-6, 10-7).
  • Barry's sixth-seeded Sonja Larsen took the opening set over Abaza, 6-4, before the Fighting Knight suffered a match-ending injury.

Semifinals

  • Due to a lingering injury sustained throughout the tournament, Kallmunzerova was forced to default to Larsen, ending the Blue and White's impressive run in the singles draw.

DOUBLES DRAW:
Third Round

  • Bogolli and Abaza, the third seed in the doubles draw, logged an 8-2 victory over a pair from Embry-Riddle.
  • Kallmunzerova and Hejlova recorded an identical tally in their doubles win, besting a Florida Tech duo.

Quarterfinals

  • In an unfortunate bracket draw, the two Fighting Knight tandems matched up against each other in the Elite 8.
  • The higher seed came out victorious as Abaza and Bogolii defeated their teammates, 8-4.

Semifinals

  • Bogolii and Abaza advanced to the finals after Barry's top-seeded Larsen/Schmid retired due to injury.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Bogolii and Abaza will square off against fourth-seeded Coyos and Jordana Lujan of UWF in tomorrow's championship match.
  • Last year, Lynn dominated the South Regional. Bogolii and Rosalie Willig won their second consecutive doubles crown, while Bogolii and Willig finished first and second in the singles draw, respectively.
  • Abaza is making her first appearance in the Blue and White this weekend.

UP NEXT:
The doubles final will take place tomorrow morning, Monday, Sept. 25 at 8 a.m.