EAST LANSING, Mich. — After winning two matches yesterday and advancing herself to the singles main draw round of 16, University of Akron tennis player Ariadna Blinova's run at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships ended Sunday at Michigan State's Indoor Tennis Facility.
"It took a little while for Ari to get use to the pace she saw today from her opponent, but once she did, she was right in the match," said head coach Brandon Padgett. "I wish we could have found a way to get the match into the third set because I feel that Ari would have made things very interesting. We do not get the opportunity to see this level of tennis consistently enough, which makes it difficult for our players to adjust quickly."
The Riga, Latvia native did not go down easy, losing 6-1, 6-4 to Michigan's Alex Najarian. Blinova posted victories on Saturday in the main draw round of 64 and 32. Her competition today completed UA's involvement in the event, which runs through Tuesday at Michigan State.
"Ari did a great job in the second set making the adjustments that she needed to make," Padgett concluded. "I am extremely proud of her and the entire team for how they performed this week."
The winners of the event's singles and doubles main draw earn a berth to the ITA National Indoor Championships, which will take place Nov. 3-6 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The Zips will conclude their fall schedule at the Youngstown Invitational from Nov. 4-6.. Akron will begin what is considered the spring portion of its schedule on Jan. 14 at Northwestern at 11 a.m. The squad's MAC schedule starts on March 24 on the road against Toledo (1 p.m.).