EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two University of Akron tennis players competed in Saturday's main draw singles bracket at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships at Michigan State's Indoor Tennis Facility.
Junior Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) claimed a pair of victories, advancing herself to the singles main draw round of 16. Blinova took down Wisconsin's Christina Zordani 6-1, 7-5 and then battled to a 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 4 seed Erin Larner of Northwestern. Larner is also currently ranked No. 61 in the nation.
This is the first time since 2011 (Olga Shkundina) that a Zips player made it into the round of 16 in singles action at the ITA Regionals.
"Today was a great day for Akron tennis," head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Ari and Sophia played outstanding tennis against extremely strong opponents. Ari played as well as I think she has ever played, and it showed in her results."
Junior Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) defeated Notre Dame's Mary Closs, 6-4, 6-4, before falling to No. 9-12 Chiara Lommer from Michigan, 6-2, 6-1.
"Sophia did a great job versus Notre Dame," Padgett continued. "She had to basically sit around since Wednesday without playing a match, so I was impressed with how she shook off the rust and picked up a straight set win. I am excited to see Ari play another tough opponent tomorrow. Our team continues to show that we are dedicated to working hard and furthering the level of Akron Tennis!"
Blinova is set to take on Michigan's Alex Najarian tomorrow (Oct. 23) at 1 p.m.