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Lady Monarchs Continue At Tennis' Eastern Region Championships

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 29, 2001
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Oct. 29, 2001

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- All three singles entries and both doubles teams have advanced at the Omni Hotels Eastern Region Championships held by the University of Pennsylvania. Sophomore Nataly Cahana (Quiriat Bialik, Israel), Lara van Rooyen (Pretoria, South Africa), and Ana Radeljevic (Zagreb, Croatia) have reached the round of 16 in singles main draw while the tandems of Cahana/Radeljevic and Van Rooyen /Patricia Araujo (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) have reached quarterfinal action in the doubles draw.

Cahana received a first round bye and defeated her next two opponents in straight sets. She downed Grace Wu of Binghamton, 6-1, 6-1, and Dora Bechliwanis of Virginia, 6-2, 6-1. She will face Virginia Tech's Ines Khelifi in the quarterfinals.

Van Rooyen also received a first round bye and defeated Harvard's Fleur Broughton 6-0, 6-1 and used a three set win over Virginia's Jennifer Tuchband (6-3, 5-7, 6-4) to advance to today's quarterfinal round. She will face Temple's Danira Penic.

Radeljevic also garnered a first round bye and proceeded to the quarterfinals after straight set victories in her two matches. She defeated Richmond's Vanessa Bagnato 6-2, 6-1, and handed Dartmouth's Jamie Ahmed a 6-0, 6-3 loss. Ahmed was one of eight singles players to advance to the singles main draw and defeated the Lady Monarch's Julia Sotiriu (Wendelstein, Germany) in the first round of the qualifying bracket (6-0, 6-4). Radeljevic will face Princeton's Kavitha Krishnamurthy today.

In the doubles draw, Cahana and Radeljevic gave up just eight sets in the three games they have played en route to the quarterfinal. They defeated UMBC 8-0 in the first round and then handed the duo from Columbia an 8-2 loss. They reached the quarterfinal with an 8-5 victory over Virginia Tech and will try to advance to the semi-finals with a match-up against Dartmouth.

Van Rooyen and Araujo, who were one of four teams to reach the main draw from the qualifying bracket, will also look to advance to the semi-final round later today. They handed the doubles team from Cornell an 8-5 loss in the opening round and proceeded with an 8-4 win over Maryland and an 8-5 victory over Penn State.

The championship continues play through Tuesday, October 30th.

The Omni Hotels Regional Championship, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, dates back to 1981 and has previously been known as the Rolex Regional Champions and the ITA Regional Championships. This event is the second of three national collegiate tennis championships held during the season. The first, the Riviera Women's All-American Championships took place a few weeks ago and the third are the year-end NCAA Championships. Finalists will go on to represent the region at the 2001 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships held Nov. 8-11 at the Brookhaven Country Club, located just outside of Dallas, in Farmers Branch, Texas.

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