AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron junior Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) is set to compete in the 2016 Oracle/ITA Masters on Thursday, October 13 in Malibu, California held at Pepperdine University and the Malibu Racquet Club.
"You do not receive this type of opportunity very often, so I am extremely excited for Ari," said head coach Brandon Padgett. "She has no pressure at this tournament. I just want her to relax and play her game, and enjoy the moment. Win or lose, she is representing The University of Akron, and I am very proud of her."
The competition will feature the top returning player from each Division I athletic conference, with one additional wild card spot. The tournament will consist of a double elimination 32-player women's singles draw, along with a single elimination 32-team mixed doubles draw. On the women's side, 18-of-32 competitors are nationally ranked in the Oracle/ITA standings.
The Riga, Latvia native will first pair up with Memphis' Ryan Peniston to take on Pepperdine's duo of Laura Gulbe and Lautaro Pane. The mixed doubles draw will begin at 8 a.m.
Blinova will then face off against the No. 5 seed Haley Carter from the University of North Carolina at 9:15 a.m. Carter is also currently ranked No. 1 in the country in the Oracle/ITA singles ratings.
Live stream and stats will be available via FloTennis and all links are available on the ITA Tournament Central page.
Up next for the Zips is the ITA Midwest Regional Championships on Oct. 20-24, which will be held on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.