EAST LANSING, Mich. — The University of Akron women's tennis team concluded the second day of compettion at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships on Friday at Michigan State's Indoor Tennis Facility.
"Today was a good day overall for us," head coach Brandon Padgett said. "We came away with solid single results, but I am most impressed with our doubles play. All three teams picked up wins in their opening round matches, which has no happened for awhile at Regionals for us."
In the consolation qualifying singles round, Carli Knezevich (Austin, Texas) captured a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Valpo's Dao Sysouvanh while Luisa Echeverry (Cali, Columbia) took down Mariya Kostyuk from Chicago State, 3-6, 6-4, 10-4.
Freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) fell to the No. 5 seed Aspasia Avgeri from DePaul University, 6-4, 6-2, in the final round of the qualifying singles draw.
"Carli and Karalina picked up a huge win against the No. 9 seed from DePaul, which was a great way to start doubles off for our team," Padgett continued. "I am looking forward to seeing how we play tomorrow, as this is a long grueling tournament for everyone."
In main draw doubles competition, Karalina Maksimava (Mogilev, Belarus) and Knezevich won their first doubles match with an 7-6 (10) victory over No. 9 Ana Vladutu and Patricia Lancranjan of DePaul. The Zips' duo of Echeverry and Pedroso claimed a 8-6 victory over Toledo's Colleen O'Brien and Claire Aleck.
The Zips' pair of Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) and Shannon Newnes (Romford, London) beat Valparaiso's Sysouvanh and Med Modesto, 8-4. All three doubles teams eventually fell in the second round of action.
Blinova and Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) will participate in the singles main draw that begins on Saturday. Blinova is scheduled to face off against Wisconsin's Christina Zordani at 10 a.m. and Geier set to take on Mary Closs of Notre Dame at Noon.