Sophomore Pavlina Akritas could reach the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regional with a win on Friday.
Oct. 23, 2003
Three Illini competed today in the opening round of the qualifying bracket for the ITA Regional Tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich. Sophomore Pavlina Akritas was the only one of the three to win her opening match today, defeating Sarah Andrews of Michigan State in straight sets. She then went on to win her second-round match over Teresa Gonzaga of Wisconsin to move on to tomorrows final qualifying round.
"She played very well," said Illinois Head Coach Sujay Lama. "Above all, she was composed and competed terrifically. Hopefully, after tomorrow she will join her teammates in the main draw."
Leila Cehajic and Emily Wang dropped their opening-round matches and moved on to the consolation bracket where Cehajic was victorious over Alejandra Blanco from Southern Illinois but Wang however fell to Lexi Goldin of Wisconsin.
The tournament will continue tomorrow with the completion of the finals round of the qualifying singles bracket and the start of the doubles main draw. Akritas will seek a berth in the singles main draw when she takes on Meg Racette of Iowa. Cehajic will seek to stay alive in the consolation bracket when she goes up against Courtney McDowell of Dayton.
In first-round doubles action tomorrow, Wang and Brianna Knue will face Lindsay Martin and Katie McGaffigan of Wisconsin, third-seeded Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthya Goulet will go up against Purdue's Gretchen Haynor and Hala Sufi, Akritas and Cehajic will take on Liz Donahue and Kelly Nelson of Notre Dame, and Tiffany Eklov and Isabel Jarosz will challenge second-seeded Hoosiers Linda Tran and Karie Schlukebir.
Saturday's main draw singles matchups have been announced. Goulet will open up against Catrina Thompson of Notre Dame; No. 3-seed Jennifer McGaffigan will compete against Lyndsey Malony of Cincinnati; Jarosz will be involved in a contest with Indiana's Dora Vastag; Eklov will tangle with Alexis Prousis of Northwestern; and Knue will square off against Purdue's Shawna Zuccarini.
THURSDAY'S ILLINOIS RESULTS:
Singles: Pavlina Akritas (ILL) def. Sarah Andrews (MSU) 6-0, 6-0 Kristen Clary (XAV) def. Leila Cehajic (ILL) 6-2, 6-3 Anna Volberg (OSU) def. Emily Wang (ILL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Pavlina Akritas (ILL) def. Teresa Gonzaga (WIS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Leila Cehajic (ILL) def. Alejandra Blanco (SIU) 6-2, 7-5 Lexi Goldin (WIS) def. Emily Wang (ILL) 7-5, 0-6, 1-0 (4)