Women's Tennis Opens Qualifying Play of ITA Regional
By ODU Athletics
Oct. 21, 2010
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University women's tennis competed in the opening round of the USTA/ITA regional on Thursday, hosted by ODU.
In ODU's second doubles match of the day, Arina Alilueva and Diana Ivanova fell 8-5 to Georgetown's Madeline Jaeger and Vicky Sekeley. The ODU tandem battled back from a 5-4 deficit to make the score 6-5, but dropped the final two sets for the final margin.
The Lady Monarchs' final pairing, Juliana Pires and Nika Khmolovska dropped a hard fought 9-8 match to the Pittsburgh duo of Elizabeth Adams and Gabi Catanzariti. Down 7-6, ODU fought back to force a tiebreaker, but weren't able to complete the comeback.
Freshman Arina Alilueva was the first match of the day for the Lady Monarchs, as she dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to Virginia Tech's Emily Lauten.
Melissa Esnal Olguin jumped out to a 4-1 lead over Joanna Matuszczyk of Richmond, but couldn't hold on, falling 6-4, 6-2.
Freshman Nika Khmolovska rounded out the freshman trio, dropping a 6-0-, 6-2 match to Geroge Washington's Mimi Hamling.