MALIBU, Calif. – University of Akron junior Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) concluded competition at the 2016 Oracle/ITA Masters on Friday, October 14 in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University.
"It was a tale of two matches for Ari," said head coach Brandon Padgett. "Yesterday she was able to stay composed from start to finish, but today her opponent took her out of her element after the third game in the first set. O'Loughlin rarely missed, and she used a very aggressive style that worked for the entire match. When your opponent can be extremely aggressive and rarely miss, it is going to be a long day, no matter who you are"
Blinova took on the No. 21 seed in Denver's Julia O'Loughlin, battling to a 6-3, 6-2 verdict.
'This trip was a wonderful experience for Ari, and she deserved to be here," Padgett stated. "I am proud that she made it, and I am happy with how well she represented The University of Akron and Mid-American Conference."
The Zips will prepare for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships on Oct. 20-24, which will be held on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.