September 25, 2013

Emory Women’s Tennis Set for USTA/ITA Regional Championships

USTA/ITA South Regional Championship Draws

The Emory University Women's Tennis Team will open up its 2013 fall campaign this weekend, when the Eagles travel to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee for the USTA/ITA South Region Championships, from Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th.

The Eagles will have 11 entrants in the singles draw, and six pairings entered in the doubles draw.  All of Emory's participants will be taking part in the top draws, with a chance to reach the ITA Small College Nationals at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Meyers, Florida from October 10th – 13th.  Draw winners will also receive ITA All-America recognition for the fall season.

Action on Friday is slated to start at 8:00 AM CT, and will consist of the first two rounds of singles matches, and the first two rounds of doubles play.

Sophomore Beatrice Rosen will be the top-seeded player in the singles draw, which consists of 45 players.  After a first-round bye, Rosen will take on Sarah Carter of Covenant College in the second round at 9:00 AM CT.  Making her collegiate debut, freshman Michelle Satterfield received the second seed in the draw, and will open against Centre College's Molly McElvogue in the second round at 9:00 AM CT after receiving a first-round bye as well.

Two other Eagles were among the six seeded players in the singles draw.  Sophomore Madison Gordon was selected as the fifth seed, and will receive a first-round bye before playing the winner of the first-round match between Mississippi College's Allison Boyd and Rhodes College's Emily Rizer at 10:30 AM CT.  Freshman Melissa Goodman received the sixth seed, and will play at 10:30 AM CT after a bye against the winner of the first-round match between Sewanee's Elizabeth Lucas and Oglethorpe University's Katherine Walker.

Both freshmen Michelle DeMeo and Bruna Correa will receive first-round byes as well, despite being unseeded in the draw.  DeMeo will begin play against Agnes Scott College's Alex Cadle at 9:30 AM CT, while Correa will take on Morgan Wilkins of Rhodes in a second-round match at 9:00 AM CT.  Competing in first-round matches for the Eagles are sophomore Stephanie Loutsenko (8:00 AM CT against Meredith College's Mary Lawrence Newton), senior Brenna Kelly (8:00 AM CT against Sewanee's Kate Johnston), junior Catharine Harris (8:00 AM CT against Mississippi's Laura Van Horn), freshman Katarina Su (8:00 AM CT against Meredith's Puja Patel) and junior Danielle Truitt (8:30 AM CT against Covenant's Madi Hyatt).

Advancing singles players will participate in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals on Saturday, with the semifinals and championship matches taking place on Sunday.

In the 24-team doubles draw, Emory's pairing of Kelly and Goodman will enter play as the top-seeded pair, and will take on Sewanee's Lucas and Smith in the second round after a first-round bye.  On the other side of the draw, Emory's second-seeded pairing of junior Rebecca Siegler and Satterfield will also receive a bye in the first round, and take on Centre's duo of Tomey and DeJong in the second round.  Gordon and Su will comprise the third-seeded pair in the draw, and will face the winner of the first round match between Freeman-Clark and Walker of Oglethorpe and Schrock and Van Horn of Mississippi in the second round.

Although unseeded, Correa and Truitt were also issued a first-round bye, and will face Oglethorpe's Francis and Wilcox in the second round.  Playing in the first round will be Emory' DeMeo and Harris (against Rhodes' Volkov and Wilkins) and Loutsenko and Rosen (against Rhodes' Skmetta and Prewitt).  Doubles play is slated to begin once the singles matches are completed.

The quarterfinals and semifinals of the doubles draw will be held on Saturday, with the championship match on Sunday.

Emory competitors have claimed both the singles and doubles titles at the USTA/ITA South Region Championships each of the past six seasons.  Last year, it was current senior Gabrielle Clark who claimed her second-straight regional singles and doubles titles.

Results and a daily recap will be posted to EmoryAthletics.com at the end of competition each day.